Perceval
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350 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Perceval

The Story of the Grail

by Chretien de Troyes

Translated by Nigel Bryant

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The original version of one of the greatest and most potent of medieval legends.
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 worldlyand spiritual terms. It is thus the most complete account available in English of the essential Arthurian romance, the origin of the Grail legend.

NIGEL BRYANT is well known for his lively and accurate versions of medieval French works. His translations of Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval
and all its continuations and of the extraordinary late Arthurian romance Perceforest have been major achievements; he has also translated Jean le Bel's history of the early stages of the Hundred Years War, and the 13th- and 14th-century biographies of William Marshal and Bertrand du Guesclin. He was awarded the 2019 Norris J. Lacy Prize for outstanding editorial achievement
in Arthurian studies.

"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

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Title Details

350 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer