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Perceval

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Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval is the most important single Arthurian romance. It contains the very first mention of the mysterious grail, later to become the Holy Grail and the focal point of the spiritual quest of the knights of Arthur's court.

Chrétien left the poem unfinished, but the extraordinary and intriguing theme of the Grail was too good to leave, and other poets continued and eventually completed it. This is the only English translation to include selections from the three continuations and from the work of Gerbert de Montreuil, making the romance a coherent whole, and following through Chrétien's essential theme of the making of a knight, in both worldly and spiritual terms. It is thus the most complete account available in English of the essential Arthurian romance, the origin of the Grail legend.

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Brewer is to be congratulated on its enormous contribution to Arthurian studies over past decades. [...] Bryant has given us a delightfully fast-paced read which rattles along through quests, battles, beautiful maidens and enchantments. [...] A wonderful addition to the Arthurian corpus. FORTEAN TIMES

[An] excellent translation. [...] The most complete account of the Continuations in English, making the text usefully accessible to a wider audience. MEDIUM AEVUM

All serious students should have a copy. PENDRAGON

Details

First Published: 14 Sep 2006
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843841029
Pages: 350
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Studies
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB

Details updated on 15 Oct 2014