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In some versions of the story of Isolde and Tristan, Iseult, rather than being an alternative spelling for Isolde, is a character in her own right. She is a noblewoman who bears a striking resemblance to Isolde, so Tristan marries her to try and forget about Isolde. But on his deathbed he calls for Isolde, and Iseult, jealous that her husband loves another better than her, tells him that Isolde is not coming and he dies instantly from grief. Isolde, having heard she missed Tristan's last moments, dies of a broken heart soon after.
hana  3/21/2006
In Ireland, we pronounce the name Iseult, Isold, Isolde, Ysolde as "EE-salt" - without regard to it's spelling. Never "EE-sult". Thank you for your time.
deskavanagh  5/26/2006
This is not an overly famous reference, but Iseult is a major character in Kate Forsyth's Witches of Eileanan series. She is inclined towards being a warrior, while her twin Isabeau is drawn to the path of the sorceress.
Rhapsody  8/17/2006
Also, Iseult was the daughter of King Anguish of Ireland who was the intended bride of King Mark of Cornwall, but as a result of drinking a love-potion, hopelessly enamoured of Tristan. When she heard of Tristan's death, she died of a broken heart. Her name is not Irish, but derived from Ancient British Adsiltia (she who is gazed on). Attempts to associate her with Chapelizod, Dublin, are due to a false derivation of that place name.

Or, at least, so says some websites. :)
Book_Reader22  1/26/2011
Iseult Gonne (1894-1954) was the daughter of Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2011
I think this name is really cool, enchanting, mysterious and interesting! I love the Medieval vibes. =)
― Anonymous User  10/19/2014

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