TRISTAN + ISOLDE
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Britain the Dark Ages
The Roman Empire has fallen.
The land lies in ruins, divided amoung feuding tribes.
To the west, Ireland has flourished untouched by the Romans,
protected by the sea.
Led by their powerful and ruthless King, the Irish have subdued
Knowing that if Ireland is to prosper, the tribes must never
be allowed to unite.
[Scene showing images of mountains. A young boy Tristan hunts
with his father for a rabbit]
A year younger than I was for my first.
When can I have a stag?
Oh come on!
[The two walk home through the mountains. Main title appears]
TRISTAN + ISOLDE
Why would they join up against the Irish?
Because someone has to stand up to them.
Me, Marke, all the tribes. We canít
[Castle Tantallon appears onscreen]
Oh my little warrior. We have to be
[Tristan and his father enter the bustling village]
Come home without something for your
Lady there will be hell to pay.
[Tristan goes to a flower and herb seller]
[Aragon continues on into town where he is met by one of his
The Angles have arrives my Lord, as
well as the Carrods, our fellow Jutes
and the Saxons.
Good. With Marke, all will be here.
Yeah. It is a great day.
Let us hope so.
[They continue on into town. We see Tristan back at the herb
[The boy starts to make a bracelet out of the herbs. Going up
to Lady Marke he hands her the finished wreath]
We heard the news...
Mother, I made this for you
[Lady Marke smiles and touches Tristanís face lovingly]
[In the Main Hall of Aragon, the assembled tribe Lords gather
Friends, look at us.
[A map of Britain is shown]
The tribes of Britain. Divided. Weak.
Just as the Irish like us. But if we
were one land united, we would out number
them two to one. We could defeat them
once and for all. That is why we are
here today, to sign this treaty of unification.
But who would be King?
The strongest among us: Lord Marke.
[Scene of movement outside of the town]
Look if you are happy sending all of
your gold to Ireland, living as slaves
then by all means do nothing.
If we were happy doing that then we
would never have risked coming here.
Friends. My wife is with child, my heart
tells me it is a boy. I want him to
grow old in a land where all of us,
all the tribes: Pict, Celt, Angle, Jute,
Saxon are at peace. This island has
not known unity since the Romans left.
That is why I sign this treaty.
And why should we follow you?
Perhaps, Wictred, because your last
attempt to form an alliance without
the knowledge of half the Barons in
this room has failed.
[A man bursts into the room]
My Lord! The Irish are here!
[Scenes of destruction outside the keep. Inside Aragon grabs
Take all your men. Guard the women!
[More destruction. All the women and children try to find safety]
Tristan! Hurry! Come this way.
[More fighting. In the main keep the men await the Irish]
How did they know?
[The Irish break through and a furious battle begins. Tristan
tries to fight]
[Aragon manages to hold his son back and puts him in a hold under
the floorboards. Aragon is then killed by Morholt. There is more
destruction and fire breaks out. Tristan reaches up to touch
the floorboards above and finds his fathers seeping blood on
his hands. Tristan comes out of the hole and surveys the destruction.
His father and Lady Marke are dead. Suddenly he is attacked by
an Irishman but Marke jumps in to save him, losing his hand in
[ďDunluce Castle. The funeral of the Irish QueenĒ appears onscreen.
We see a funeral procession. A maid holds the young princess
Sheís with the Gods now Isolde, youíll
see her again someday.
[The King leaves the funeral]
What news of the treaty?
[Morholt hands the King a scroll, which the King tears up]
Good Morholt, good
[Isolde and Bragnae approach a cairn where Isolde lays an urn
of her motherís ashes within a niche]
Your mother loved you so much Isolde
Why did she die Bragnae? Why?
It was an ill fever that took her. Fever.
No. It was her heart.
[ďCastle DorĒ appears onscreen. A procession of survivors from
Markeís retinue return home. They find Dor in ruins. Markeís
sister runs up to him and cries in his arms]
[Edyth shakes her head]
Oh sister I am so sorry.
EDYTH: THE EXECUTIONS LASTED A DAY. *
A whole generation of men.
Tristan. Son of Aragon. Weíre his family
I have a son about your age. Melot!
Melot! Melot, this is Tristan.
What shall we do, my Lord?
[Rebuilding is taking place. The youth are practicing their swordsmanship.
Marke is testing his ability with his sword without his hand]
Donít hold back
[Marke loses the fight easily. A boy starts yelling to the other
Tristan wonít fight me! Look heís scared!
Still won't fight?
Tristan has the heart of a lion.He just
needs some time.
Why did you take off your helmet? You
going to cry? My father died too, but
you donít see me crying!
Run! Find another trapdoor to hide under.
[Tristan suddenly fights back and beats all the boys single-handedly]
[Tristan starts walking towards the camera. Suddenly he is grown
up and the town is mostly rebuilt]
Tristan! Tristan! Weíve found something!
Come on, this way.
You will love it.
I found a trapdoor!
You found a trapdoor? Alright Simon,
will you tell us all how you found it?!
Look at that!
[The three friends climb down into it]
Where does this lead?
Youíll see. I like that vase, I think
I'll have that. I always knew the Castle
was built on Roman foundations but we
didnít think anything was left!
Must be a burial crypt or something.
[They re-emerge from the tunnel]
Here we are: the bottom of the keep.
Who else knows about this?
[They exit the keep]
The savages have rebuilt the castle
at Cornwall, only now itís made of stone.
Of Cornwallís next tribute I want slaves.
Young ones. Their future. If Marke resists
have Morholt crush him.
I have led your armies to victory far
and near. Iív made you rich and powerful.
Yes you have. You have been most loyal.
When I return from Cornwall, I was hoping...
What would please you?
[The cairn appears once again, with a grown up Isolde leaning
on it looking out to sea]
Itís dark in an hour.
What do you think is really out there?
Britannia. The old Roman lands. Full
of evil and grief.
I want to see it. Do you know what the
future looks like Bragnae?
I see the life you were meant for. Your
father will speak with you.
[Isolde speaks with her father. She is clearly distraught]
Am I just a chattel to be traded at
your pleasure? Do I have no say in my
You have a duty to your King.
You are my father.
Then obey me, daughter.
[Isolde runs to her apothecary-like room. Morholt comes to her]
Your father has given you the news?
And you welcome it?
I accept it.
You know, we are more alike than you
I too dabble in elixirs. Poison from
the livers of a puffer fish. Just a
taste paralyses all the senses. So if
the blade doesnít kill...
Rendered safe by thistle and bark.
[Morholt holds up a leaf]
And you know the antidote for this?
Makes a hard man even harder. The only
cure... wild abandon. Till out wedding
day. Iím to Cornwall, to deal with rabbles.
[The Irish arrive in Cornwall and enter the town of Castle Dor]
[The Irish men spread out and start collecting Cornish men and
women as hostages]
[He is grabbed by the Irish thugs]
Take him there. Get a rope. Any man
foolish enough to interfere in any way
shall suffer the same fate.
[A girl rushes forward]
No! No! Please No!
[The man is hung and Tristan rushes forward. He is held back
by the Irish men. The Cornish hostages are put in a wagon]
If there are any more attacks we shall
put our guests to death and raise this
entire land. Take the horses.
[Tristan confronts Marke about the Irish]
When would you strike?
At once. Throw everything we have at
They are hoping you'll do that. On horse
they outnumber us two to one. You would
lead the men straight to their deaths.
So we do nothing?!
Donnchadh would like that even more.
Me to lose face in front of the other
tribes. No, we must act. We must be
decisive but we cannot act alone.
[Tristan and Marke enter the hall]
So. Have the good men of York come to
fight with us? Hm? The Saxons of Wessex?
My men donít want to follow a Pict into
battle. Let alone one leading a pack
of Angles and Celts.
Then why are you here?
I thought Tristan should let me command
I make it my habit to follow no one.
Marke delivered me from that place when
I was a boy. You ran. So you can understand
that when I think of Kings I think of
him. When I think of cowards...
They are one day from their boats on
the old Roman road. Now who will ride
out with Tristan to fight them?
What is your plan, Tristan?
We will need our two fastest runners.
[The Irish and their hostages make their way through a forest.
Suddenly two of the British jump up and shoot at the Irish. Half
of the convoy follow the two runners]
[They continue to pursue the runners on foot. Suddenly Tristan
and his men spring up from hidden holes under the loam and shoot
the Irish with their bows. The Irish are attacked from all sides
and defeated. Back at the main part of the Irish convoy, Morholt
cleans his blade]
Morholt, theyíre back!
[Cloaked figures ride in while the camp cheers. Suddenly they
attack and more British spring from the ground. A battle ensues.
Morholt begins to kill the hostages, but Tristan springs to stop
him. Sammy is stabbed. Tristan is stabbed by Morholtís poisoned
blade but manages to kill Morholt. Melot and Tristan run to Sammyís
Kill the slaves!
I donít want to die.
[Simon dies and Tristan collapses]
I canít feel my legs or my hands.
Build a second boat.
[Tristan seems to die]
He shall have a King's service.
[Tristan is lain on a funeral boat and floated out to sea]
Farewell, Tristan of Aragon. Death of
[The boat is set alight by burning arrows. Melot turns to the
When the Irish came to Cornwall and
my father surrendered. You spared a
dozen out of a hundred. I am even less
kind. The leader and 3 shall take this
message home. As for the rest...
[The surviving British and the hostages return to Dor. Marke
Did I love him like a son or did I misuse
him for my own purposes?
He knew. He knew.
[Tristan floats in the sea, the ship no longer burning. Isolde
is suddenly woken from sleep and makes her way to the beach with
Where are we going?
You're afflicted child. Speak to me!
Your father will find us and have my
head. You are my charge. Please!
I am no ones charge!
You are. And you will be Morholtís Lady!
And live a loveless life like my mam?
[Isolde runs to the beached boat]
Isolde. Wait! Donít! Isolde. Donít!
Itís a man.
Alive! Bragnae help me!
[They drag Tristan to a hut on the beachfront]
Start a fire! Quickly!
[Isolde checks his condition while Bragnae tries to light the
His heart falters.
[Isolde starts to undress]
What are you doing?
He needs heat. Now! Get your clothes
[Isolde curls up against Tristan while Bragnae starts to undress]
Hurry! Quickly! Smell that? Smell the
poison? When he warms we will need thistle
Iíve not been naked with a man for
Hello. You've been sleeping a long
time. You're in Ireland. Did you know
that? Shh... It's alright. You're safe
here. No one knows. Don't be scared.
Just sleep... sleep.
[Tristan fades out of consciousness]
[Tristan wakes and grabs a stone to use as a weapon when he hears
Nooo Nooo Noo!
[Isolde runs in]
Itís alright, you donít need that! I
forgot to tell him about you...
Iíll wait outside with the other beasts.
You said no one else knew.
Sorry... Sheís... My maid. Sworn to
silence. Um... lie down please. Please?
[Tristan lies down]
Itís good you are remembering things.
This might sting. Do you remember anything
else? The boat I found you in? How you
got this? Too many questions. Here keep
it dry. Here I found bread, you have
water and fire. The ocean is outside
if you wish a bath. You wonít know where
you are going so please donít try to
leave. Just trust me.
Why are you doing this?
Iíll be back
[Isolde leaves the hut and meets up with Bragnae outside]
This is a dangerous game you are playing.
Heís English, Isolde.
Then weíve got him prisoner.
Under no circumstances tell him your
name, you hear me? Not if you wish him
to escape this place. Do you hear me?
[Back in the Irish town Isolde and Bragnae whisper together.
King Donnchadh enters and they fall into silence]
Youíve been away.
I had noticed. Yes I have a bit.
Bragnae and I were spying the convent
of Brittes ].
Some women need it.
Youíll find no refuge in a new religion.
Your place is here, with Morholt.
Any word of my betrothed?
Overdue. But comforted no doubt that
you yearn for him.
[The King leaves]
[Isolde leaves the town to return to the hut on the beach. She
sees Tristan bathing in the sea. Isolde tends to Tristanís wounds
back in the hut]
What's your name?
Oh, I think it's better if we don't
bother with names.
How can I thank you if I don't have
You just did. If you insist... my name
is Bragnae. I'm a lady in waiting at
the court. My parents are dead. My mother,
she is the source of the kindness you
find so puzzling. My father would've
left you where you fell.
Tristan of Aragon.
Well Tristan of Aragon, I'd guess about
you too, but I think I've already seen
Sir! I hope you appreciate the risks
we are taking, and will honour us by
leaving as soon as you are able.
She likes me. Sheís right though, you
[Finishes poulticing him]
There. What of your parents?
They also died when I was a child.
A different type of Irish kindness.
[Bragnae returns and interrupts their moment of tenderness]
[Tristan sits outside making a shell bracelet. Isolde shortly
arrives. Inside the hut the scene continues]
There she who bore you brought you forth.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
I happen to believe what that says.
Donít you think there is more to life?
Something more than duty and death!
Why are we capable of feelings if not
to have them? Why long for things if
they are not meant to be ours? Well
donít listen to me. Youíre so sure of
things. Youíre certainty, itís like
armour. I wish I had that.
Why would you need it?
The joy of being a lady? Wanting something
I canít have. A life of my own.
Time for sleep now.
Iíll follow you later.
You need to rest. In case your betrothed
should want to see you.
[Bragnae and Isolde leave]
[Tristan and Isolde look out to sea]
Whatís he like?
Dark. Tall. Nearly twice your size.
An absolute gentleman.
I thought... earlier when you spoke
of wanting something you canít have.
I didnít know what I was talking about.
[They leave the shore and go inside the hut, Isolde is crying]
Outside, just past that bluff there
is a boat. Thatís how you should go
when you leave. You should go soon.
[Isolde leaves but Tristan goes after her. They kiss. Inside
the hut they make love.]
How do you feel?
I donít know
Tristan! Theyíve found your boat. At
this very moment the King himself is
scouring the coast. He will find you.
He finds everyone. The tide is coming
[They drag the boat out to see]
Come with me. Come with me!
Why not? Please!
Tristan, weíve both known this canít
be. Weíve known this from the start.
That doesnít mean it isnít true. It
is. It just cannot be. I want to know
that you are alive somewhere thinking
of me from time to time. I want to know
that there is more to this life and
I canít know that if they kill you.
[Isolde leaves to shore while Tristan rows away]
[Back at Dunlane]
A Cornish warrior may be ashore. Beware.
We seek him as I speak. Hopefully it
is just his rotted corpse we'll find,
for he has slain your betrothed. Morholt
is dead. Fallen in battle. Isolde? Bragnae,
[The two leave, the Irish henchman, Bodkin enters]
As am I by her grief.
We should assulat the British straight
away. Crush them with maximum force.
Maximum force. Like that of Markeís
tribe with the maximum force you speak
of? I will not confront them again until
our numbers are refreshed. Until then,
weíll have cunning divide them.
Of what nature?
A prize, perhaps.
[Isolde looks out to sea while Tristan sails back to Cornwall.
Meanwhile all the British Lords receive a message from Ireland]
Whatís this about a tournament?
Donnchadh. He has offered his daughter
and the lands of Lyonesse as dowry to
whichever English tribe wins. It is
a clever way of setting us against each
Well, the other barons will see through
[There is a meeting of the Lords in Dor]
As baron of Wessex it is my duty to
fight in this tournament for my people.
For yourself you mean.
And what of the support you promised
Tristan is dead. My people have suffered
enough. They see the wealth of Lyonesse
as more real than any alliance. My mind
And ours as well.
So be it.
[Tristan rides back into town]
You're weary, let me rally your friends.
Iíll lead them against D...
Ah, Melot, Melot, Melot. You are my
blood and you are a noble presence but......
[They hear the sounds of the townspeople calling welcome to Tristan
outside. Everyone rushes to Tristan]
Lord Marke! Heís back! Itís Tristan!
It cannot be!
I saw you dead.
I am delivered.
[There is a celebration for Tristanís return that night]
A toast! Tristan! Back from the dead.
Tristan. The Irish King offers his daughter
in tournament to divide the tribes.
For the power and the wealth half the
tribes have sent champions to fight
at the... Tristan!
God knows what happened to him.
[Tristan stares out into the night. The voice of Isolde haunts
"My face in thine eyes, thine in mine
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Whatever dies, was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I.
Love so alike, that none can slacken, none can die."
[Tristan confronts Marke in the keep with a plan]
It is the only way to keep the alliance
I fail to see how fighting with our
partners keeps us allies.
Well they are all going to the tournament
anyway. By announcing you will share
the dowry with every Baron that remains
loyal and in turn offering to support
whomever prevails, the others would
be compelled to follow you when you
If we win. If we lose we could end up
following Wictred. Iíd need an infallible
You are not yet healed.
Then this trip will be my tonic. I will
be ready. I know I will.
What is the source of this fervour?
Let me go and win you a wife. She can
make peace without spilling one drop
of blood, and maybe heal a wound from
which you still lack.
[The British arrive in Ireland. A henchman approaches Tristan]
Truce. You have safe passage.
[The warriors enter the tournament arena]
How do I look?
How do you look?
Where is this Princess? Whatís her name?
Isolde? I want to see what she looks
[Maids attend to Isolde as the King enters]
There. Almost done.
No, not quite. If I am to be a present
I should be fully wrapped.
[The King takes his seat on the podium overlooking the arena]
See how the bees come to the honey.
Tristan of Aragon.
[He is given a specially prepared tablet]
So he lives.
For the moment.
Wictred of Glastonbury.
[He is also given a prepared stone]
I fight with no champion in my stead.
Because the Barons will never unite
[Isolde takes her seat]
Do you think sheís got the pox?
[The combatants take their positions]
Since the dawn of time...
[Isolde sees Tristan amoung the group to be fighting]
[The battles start]
Make it for real!
You were great!
[Tristanís enemy is given a new sword after losing his weapon]
[Tristan wins the battle]
It was too easy for you Tristan. Not
much for a third draw.
[Wictred and Tristan work through their opponents until they
face each other]
One more fight Tristan. Take deep breaths.
Wictred: Lord of Saxonberg. Tristan:
Champion of Cornwall. Warriors: Begin!
[Tristan and Wictred fight. Wictred is booed by the crowd. Tristan
[Tristan goes before the King]
An impressive victory. Of course the
man who defeats Morholt might be expected
to triumph here.
On behalf of Cornwall, I offer your
daughter a place on our throne. The
throne of England, united behind one
Isolde! Perhaps it is just that he who
took a husband provides one.
[Isolde comes forward]
No. Tristan of Aragon has won you on
behalf of Lord Marke of Cornwall.
Let them take her across the sea. After
the wedding I'll disavow Isolde, the
alliance will crumble.
[The English sail back to Britain with Isolde and Bragnae]
Tristan. Princess wants to speak to
[Tristan goes to meet Isolde inside the ship]
You risked your life to give me to another
You said your name was Bragnae. Why
did you do that?
Oh what have I done? Stop this thing.
I can't. I won you in my King's name.
But I am yours. You touched me and I
It doesn't matter.
It is the only thing that matters Tristan.
Leave with me, I will go anywhere.
Your marriage will end a hundred years
My marriage to another man!
Isolde. You will live with this. We
Don't do this to me.
Tristan, weíve made shore.
[The party enter Dor, Marke waits for them]
What if sheís a hag? Or maybe she wonít
She will brother. Youíre the prize.
[Isolde steps out of the carriage]
[He takes her hand and everyone claps]
[Isoldeís wedding gown is prepared. Marke puts on his metal hand
for the ceremony. Isolde Ė fully dressed- floats down the river
to the wedding ceremony about a decorated ship. She and Marke
go forward to be wed. There is a celebration after the wedding.
As Isolde and Marke leave the party, Isolde approaches Tristan]
If things were different. If we lived
in a place without duty... would you
be with me?
That place does not exist.
I'll pretend it's you.
[Isolde and Marke retire to their bedroom. Tristan watches their
window from outside]
Youíre trembling. You are far from home
and I am a stranger still. But you mustnít
fear me. My wish is to make you happy,
as a wife.. as a women and hopefully
one day, the fact that I am not whole
will not offend you.
[Marke kisses Isolde and makes love to her]
[Marke and Isolde stand outside the keep surveying the town.
Mark fingers her shell bracelet]
Thatís pretty. Did you make it?
It was a present.
[Tristan goes to Edyths home and knocks on the door]
Might I stay here a while?
[There is a montage of Tristan and Isoldeís lives while in Dor.
Finally in the marketplace Isolde is fed food by Mark and they
laugh together. Edyth sees Tristan watching]
[Tristan walks off]
Iíve never seen him like this before.
Perhaps someone his own age should speak
[Marke lets her go. She finds Tristan]
They believe you are distant. They are
worried about you. So am I.
I can tell. Laughing at the market,
holding hands, a caress on the neck
when he pours you wine.
He is my husband. I remember his Kingdom
comes before my life.
Yes well, I must confess I thought you
might find more difficulties in performing
Am I not permitted a single moment without
mourning? Living with this Tristan as
you said we must.
I live in torture thinking of these
moments. With every look he gives you
I get sicker and sicker. There is a
burning in me, I feel on fire and guilt
and I can't get rid of either. Does
it make you happy to know that?
The Roman Bridge. I can get to it without
being seen. And I will go there anytime
to be there with you.
[All the Leaders meet in Castle Dor to sign a treaty]
Welcome bands of Anglia, Rothgar and
Orick. Wessex: Kaye and Wictred.
As you will be King and his daughter
Queen, does that mean Donnchadh will
be coming to the coronation.
It does. On the next full moon, all
A lot can happen in a month
Bearing that in mind, and given the
instabilities of our new land I shall
be naming a second. My sister has raised
one, capable of guiding you if the need
should arise. He is a man of passion,
fierce in battle who has learnt to tame
his heart with his head. I give you
Tristan of Aragon.
[Melot is very upset]
For the first time since the Romans,
this country stands united.
[After leaving the signing, Tristan chases down Marke]
I canít be your second. Melot must be.
He is blood. Besides, I wish to journey
You no longer sleep at Dor, and now
you donít want to be my second. Do you
find no comfort in your home? These
stone walls that you helped build?
I find these walls a prison.
Everything I want seems misplaced.
Ever since you were a boy you sacrificed
everything for me. All for one dream.
Now that you reached that dream, it
is natural that you would feel some
loss. It doesnít matter if you want
to be second. You are. I will only be
king if you are my second. Iíd put it
more gently if I could.
Then I am your second.
Perhaps it is time that you took a wife!
Canít live alone forever.
Isolde. I was trying to explain to Tristan
the importance of loving. It seems he
might live without it.
There are other things to live for.
But they are not life Tristan. They
are the shells of life. And empty ones
and in the end all they hold is days
and days without love. Love is made
by God. Ignore it and you can suffer
as you cannot imagine.
Then I will no longer live without it.
Good. Very good! Come, we will be late!
The warriors ride out on the full moon.
It is an old ritual. I shall miss you
[That night Isolde sneaks out into the forest. Marke and his
warriors ride together. Tristan leaves the party to find Isolde.
They make love together]
How many did you love before me?
And after me?
[While hunting the boar Marke falls off his horse]
Lord Marke! Are you hurt?
Nothing but for my pride.
[Tristan and Isolde bid each other farewell. Back in the keep
there is much dancing]
Tristan, I need to speak with you.
We havenít even had a coronation yet
to mark tradition. But now he breaks
tradition and scares all the barons
by naming you as second.
I tried to convince him you would be
Yes well, peace can be just as treacherous
as war and I feel that Marke doesnít
really...Listen to me!!! Our attention
must be on Cornwall now more than ever.
I am sorry he didnít choose you. I am.
[Melot approaches Marke]
Can I speak to you?
[Marke leaves Isoldeís side, Tristan leaves and Isolde follows.
They hide in a room were they begin to kiss each other passionately.
Finishing his conversation with Melot, Marke seeks Isolde. Later
that night, Marke makes love to Isolde]
[Tristan and Isolde are out in a forest clearing together. It
is an old ruins, with paintings of a couple on the broken walls]
What do you think became of them?
They were lives... just lived.
I find myself imaging things in this
place. I decorate it. Books, a harp
there... a child.
Would it be his or mine?
I would have no way to tell, would I?
He is a kind man Tristan, I cannot hate
him. Yesterday at the market I saw a
couple holding hands, and I realised
we would never do that. Never anything
like it. No picnics or unguarded smiles.
No rings. Just stolen moments that leave
[In the marketplace Isolde and Marke shop. Tristan steals some
herbs and makes a wreath for Isolde. He surreptitiously slips
it onto Isoldeís wrist as Merlot and Wictred look on]
[Later, Marke goes to his bedroom but finds Bragnae waiting]
Where is Isolde?
I donít know for sure, she was having
a walk in the garden before and Iím
afraid I got tired so I returned. Itís
[Bragnae goes to find Tristan and Isolde who are meeting in secret]
Youíre going to get caught! Both of
you! Heís looking for you right now,
heíll see you! I told you this would
There is another door here, forgotten.
This comes up in the bottom chamber
of the keep.
I hate this.
Hurry! Go on.
[Isolde and Bragnae go down]
Iím tired of this. Iím tired of lying
for you. Iím sick of it.
[Isolde goes to bed with Marke]
There is a servings child, quite ill.
Doing better now.
I didnít ask you were you were. Your
heart is beating so fast.
Isolde. Is there anything I can do to
make you happier. I want to make you
[Wictred speaks to King Donnchadh in secret]
Sheís in love with Tristan. Theyíre
intimates. If I expose them it will
break Markeís heart and his hold on
the other Barons.
With Markeís champion in chains, weíll
take Castle Dor. You can man your armies
unopposed. There will be no one defending
you in the waters.
And your price?
I want Markeís throne.
[As the King leaves he talks to Bodkin]
When his throne falls apart, weíll go
over and pick up the pieces.
[Marke approaches Tristan as he looks over the town]
Tristan? Can I speak with you? Is it
possible... do you think a man blinded
by love... Is it possible that that
man might not see treachery right in
front of him?
[Takes out wreath]
I found this hidden amoung Isolde's things. Do you think she
has a lover? Has she said anything to you?
Perhaps you could follow her. I canít
ask anyone else. I know. I know what
you think Ė Iím acting like a child.
Normally I can read faces, but with
hers I feel like... I can't be objective.
Sheís so delicate.
You really love her.
Oh... I do...terribly. I didnít know
how empty I was. She sustains me, she
thrills me. And when I see this ring,
it is a ring of thorns.
The ring is nothing. She's loyal to
you. I am sure of it.
... If you say so.
[Tristan is tortured by Markeís proclamation and burns his and
Isoldeís meeting place. Isolde finds it in ruins. The Irish arrive
on ships for the coronation ceremony]
I count nine
If they move they will warn us with
a black flag
[The King of Ireland arrives and shakes hands with a waiting
You bring an entourage?
I can let myself be alone in my position
Lord Marke. But donít worry, they will
stay offshore. I miss you.
My nephew, Merlot of Cornwall
And Tristan, slayer of my best general,
winner of Isolde, defender of the alliance.
You are a fortunate man.
[Inside the castle the coronation is held in Latin. Marke and
Isolde are crowned and take their seats on their thrones. Back
at the lookout point the flag bearers are stabbed by the Irish.
Dancing happens at the coronation celebrations]
Tristan! Seems I worried for nothing.
May I dance with the Queen, or does
Tristan have the next one?
Thatís right, you have never danced
with Isolde before!
[Tristan is pushed forward to dance with Isolde]
A new song for Tristan. Slow.
Why did you burn it?
Meet me there in an hour or Iíll die.
[The dance ends]
I could still teach you a thing or two,
dancing being one of them.
Accuse him now.
No, no, no. Weíll have more than accusations.
Is something the matter?
Iím just feeling a little weary thatís
all. I might just go and have a lie
Friends, friends hear me! Weíve forgotten
the full moon isnít it time to ride
No. Tonight it cause for exception.
But the coronation should uphold tradition,
surely it is not to be neglected already?
We honour it. In half a night. Ride
out! Whereís Tristan?
[Everyone leaves to hunt while Tristan and Isolde race to be
with each other]
I miss Ireland
Isolde, this must end.
Thatís like asking me to stop breathing.
It cannot be.
[Elsewhere Wictred leads the hunt to where Tristan and Isolde
Please donít leave me. Please!
[They kiss only to have the hunting party come upon them]
Isolde? There is someone... No.
I see how it is in Cornwall. My money
is good enough, my alliance is good
enough, but my daughter you pass amoung
your lieutenants like a whore!
Itís not like that.
I see no relation to me here! I will
see this peace end.
You have brought the allegiance to shame.
Who would fight for this?
[Wictred and King Donnchadh ride off]
Seize him. Seize him.
Behold your hero uncle I would have
no heroes now.
[Further away the Irish march towards Dor. Bodkin speaks to King
Prove your worth.
If a man canít rule his woman, how can
he govern an entire Kingdom?
We have suffered peace.
Itís all been coming apart. I can feel
[Wictred rides up]
There is very little time. Fortunately,
Donnchadh has no quarrel with anybody
here. Heís asked me to give you a message.
It is compensation for the men you will
lose attacking Castle Dor with Donnchadh
tomorrow. Letís be honest, our people
need a stronger leader.
And who might that be, Wictred?
Melot. Too long the ablest amoung us
has been denied his rightful place.
I pledge you my legiance and offer him
my services as his second.
I like this plan.
[Tristan is in chains in the keep. Marke comes down to see him]
I came to apologise. Iíve been selfish
arrogantly thinking that perhaps Iíd
given enough. At least enough to merit
if not your love then at least your
respect. You have a home. A kingdom.
Why was it not enough? Tell me. Tell
me! You do not know what you have done!
Everything is destroyed, everything!
All because you did not have enough.
Sheís loyal to you I am sure of it.
You bloodsucker. What could it had been
had I not stretched out my hand to save
your life. How I curse that day, how
I curse it. And so be with your defence.
Then I will go complete your punishment,
Donnchadh marches on us as we speak.
[Marke strides away. Bragnae catches up to him in a corridor.
She bars entrance to his bedroom]
Sheís young. I will not let you harm
[Marke moves Bragnae out of the way and enters the room]
Since you thought he was dead. I found
him wounded on the beach in Ireland.
I hid him from my father and I told
him my name was Bragnae. So when he
came to the tournament at Dunluce to
win Donnchadhís daughter he didnít realise
it was me. All this time my heart has
been his, and I am sorry. He tried harder
than you can possibly imagine because
he loves you.
[Marke leaves the room in silence]
[Merlot and Wictred walk through the forest discussing plans]
I will coax him out, make sure Donnchadh
Of course, of course. You know as things
moved along I suspected them for some
Tristan and Isolde?
You know what I could never work out?
How it was conducted. How she got in
and out of Dor unseen.
The Roman Tunnel!
[A henchman released Tristan from the prison and takes him to
the riverside where Isolde and Bragnae are waiting with a boat]
What is this?
The will of the King. Farwell.
I told him about Ireland. Heís given
us our freedom. Why does loving you
feel so wrong?
Tristan, if I do this.
For all time, they will say it was our
love that brought down a kingdom. Remember
[Tristan pushes the boat away]
Tristan, donít! Tristan! Tristan! Tristan!
[Tristan runs back to Dor]
[At Dor they bring everyone into the castle and close the gates.
The armies close in on Dor]
Get the livestock and fuel undercover.
Put some archers on the ramparts.
All the archers have deserted us as
has half the household.
And you stay?
If you are surprised then they have
Come on, hurry!
[The armies gather outside the keep]
Burn it. Their will is as strong as
milk. The seas will unravel us. Where
is Wictred with his key?
[At the tunnel entrance]
It comes up to the Roman foundations
at the lowest level.
This is a godsend!
[They both enter it and Wictred gestures for his men to follow]
[There is much fighting as the forces of the Irish and traitorous
barons besiege Castle Dor. In the tunnel, Wictred and Melot move
towards the keep]
What will you say to him?
That he will not make any more mistakes
and that it is time for him to move
ba Ė whatís that?!
[The two turn to see Wictredís men following them down the tunnel.
Melot fights to stop them going down the tunnel but is stabbed]
[The enemy forces break through the outer gates and are attempting
to get into the keep]
Aim for the front of the line
They are waiting.
[As Wictred and his men enter the keep from the tunnel below,
Tristan enters the tunnel from the forest entrance]
The Irish are inside!
Bar the door make sure no one gets in!
[In the tunnel, Tristan comes upon a wounded Melot]
What happened here?
A reward for idiocy. A dozen Irish have
blazed your way.
Melot, I came to aid Marke.
I didnít lead them here.
No, I did.
I thought someone believed in me.
It will be undone.
TristanóIím for the wormsóswear to me
that you are true.
As we were brothers.
Build my boat.
[Tristan makes his way to the keep while Marke and his men do
battle with Wictreds]
Keep them back.
Heís trying to lower the bridge
Give me your shield, weíre pinned down!
[Tristan attacks Wictred and his men]
No, heís with us!
[Marke and his men jump into battle, but not before Tristan is
stabbed. Tristan manages to stop the drawbridge falling with
his sword. He is again stabbed by Wictred]
[Tristan stabs Wictred and kills him. Tristan pulls the sword
from his body as the battle subsides]
Tristan! How did you get here?
Secret. Secrets, in the bowls of the
In the bowls of the keep.
They have reached the palisades.
Then we must keep hope.
[Tristan cuts the head off Wictredís body and slowly stands.
[As the drawbridge of the keep is lowered, King Donnchadh makes
his way to the front]
Get back! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!
[Tristan slowly steps out with the head of Wictred in his hands]
Behold! The head of a traitor!
[Marke and his generals step out]
Will you always be little men, who cannot
see what was and could be again? There
is no middle ground! So slay us or
Oblidge them. Oblidge them!
[He attacks people around him, but is shot in the back by an
arrow. Suddenly the Irish and the British start to fight. Tristan
falls to the ground and Marke runs to his side]
Take me out of here. Take me to the
[Isolde comes to the battle and is grabbed by General who drags
her to the riverside]
Marke, you must come, the battle needs
you. Weíll lose everything.
I must heed their call, I am the King.
Weíve driven them back as far as we
can but they are holding us at the throat.
Goodbye my friend.
[Marke and his generals leave and Isolde goes to Tristanís side]
Know that I love you Tristan. And wherever
you go, whatever you see, I will always
be with you.
You were right. I do not know if life
is greater than death, but love was
more than either.
[Tristan dies and Isolde weeps. We see Tristan and Isolde back
in the hut in Ireland as she reads to him]
"My face in thine eyes, thine in mine
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres,
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I.
Love so alike, that none can slacken, none can die."
Their love did not bring down a kingdom. Legend says that Marke
defeated the Irish, rebuilt Castle Dor and reigned in peace until
the end of his days.
Isolde laid Tristan beneath the ashes of the Roman ruin, planted
his grave with two willows that grew forever intertwined... then