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Perceval (Arthurian Studies) Paperback – September 14, 2006
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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
All serious students should have a copy. --Pendragon
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Perceval is the last of Chretien's five surviving romances. The Grail and the poem's naive central character proved enormously popular in medieval Europe, spawning several continuations of the unfinished story (all summarized at the end of this edition) and many imitators, from Wolfram von Eschenbach to Richard Wagner.
The story is both easy and difficult to summarize--easy because, being unfinished, it is short and fairly straighforward, and difficult because, for the same reasons, it has no ending and the reader has no way of knowing how the plot would finally interconnect and resolve. The title character begins the poem as a young man, living in the forest with his overprotective mother who, for fear of his life, has shielded him from knowledge of chivalry and even his own name. Nevertheless, Perceval shows knightly instinct and when he encounters a group of knights by chance, he determines to travel to King Arthur and become a knight.
This he does in short order, though not after a series of Quixotic adventures caused by his literal interpretation of his mother's bits of parting advice. Upon reaching Arthur's court, the acerbic Sir Kay tells Perceval that Arthur has knighted him and that the red armor of a rebellious knight is his to take. Perceval misses the joke and kills the red knight, then sets off on another series of adventures, vowing not to return to court until he has avenged Sir Kay's slapping of a girl.Read more ›
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I love this edition since it is so simply put together and the translation is easy to understand. Thanks a lot!Published on August 21, 2013 by Mary McDonnell
I'm reading this for a book discussion group - but I have to agree with the reviewers who found it surprisingly entertaining and easy to read. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Thelma Meyer
What a Classic tale of the Fool coming to age! The story (read: poem) moves along at a quick pace as we follow Perceval through his travails. Read morePublished on August 28, 2001 by HLE