The Knight's Tale - The Canterbury Tales
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Theseus, Duke of Athens, returns home from a conquest with wife, Hippolyta and her sister Emelye.
This angers Theseus, so he sets of for the Thebes.
He comes upon a crowd of grieving woman.
Our husbands have been slain by Lord Creon of Thebes and we can't retrieve their bodies
Theseus kill Lord Creon, captures the city and return the remains of the slain husbands to the wives.
He also kidnaps two knights Palamon and Arcite, who are cousins and sworn brothers, and puts them in his prison.
Palamon and Arcite both see Emelye through the bars of the cell and instantly fall in love
They argue about who saw her first but finally come to realize none of them would have a chance at winning her heart as they were stuck in a cell.
He can be released from my prison BUT he must never return to Arthens again!
A mutual friend of Arcite and Theseus, Perotheus comes to bail Arcite out of jail. Theseus allows this but under some strict conditions.
Arcite is released and returns to Thebes. But both knights have some inner thoughts.
I wish I could get out of here too... but what if he comes back and lays seige to Arthens then takes Emelye by force?
Now I won't get to see Emelye anymore...but he gets too.