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The High History of the Holy Graal, attributed to an anonymous author, is a captivating exploration of the legendary quest for the Holy Grail. Set in King Arthur's court, this ancient Arthurian tale presents a unique perspective on the iconic relic.

The book delves into the origins of the Holy Grail, providing readers with an intriguing historical context that adds depth to the story. The narrative follows the noble King Arthur and his knights as they embark on a treacherous journey to find this sacred artifact, believed to possess miraculous powers.

While the book is heavily rooted in medieval Christian mythology, it also incorporates elements of Celtic folklore and romance. These various influences create a rich tapestry of legends and mystical elements, making The High History of the Holy Graal a truly enchanting read.

One of the book's notable strengths is its character development. Each knight, including the illustrious Sir Lancelot and the valiant Sir Galahad, is brought to life with vivid descriptions and distinct personalities. The internal conflicts and personal quests of these knights lend depth and emotional resonance to the story.

Moreover, the prose in this translation is beautifully crafted, maintaining the lyrical and poetic tone of the original text. The author's use of language elevates the already enthralling narrative, immersing readers in the medieval world and its chivalric ideals.

Yet, despite its numerous merits, The High History of the Holy Graal may feel slightly inaccessible to casual readers due to its dense and complex narrative. The extensive cast of characters and intricate plotlines can be overwhelming at times, requiring patience and careful attention to fully appreciate the story's intricacies.

Nonetheless, those with a penchant for Arthurian legends and a fascination with ancient mythology will find this book an incredible addition to their collection. The High History of the Holy Graal immerses readers in a world of chivalry, questing, and spirituality, offering a unique perspective on the lore surrounding the Holy Grail.

In conclusion, The High History of the Holy Graal by Anonymous is a must-read for fans of Arthurian tales and medieval literature. It weaves together timeless themes of honor, faith, and human ambition to create an enduring masterpiece. Despite its complexity, this book rewards readers with a captivating exploration of one of history's most enduring legends.

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Originally written in Old French, sometime in the early half of the 13th Century A.D., as a continuation of Chretien DeTroyes' unfinished work "Perceval, or the Knight of the Grail". Author unknown.

Translation by Sebastian Evans, 1898.

The High History of the Holy Graal

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

ORIGINAL TEXT

Potvin, Ch. (Ed.): "Perceval le Gallois ou le conte du Graal", Vol. I (Soc. Bibl. Belges., Mons., 1866).

RECOMMENDED READING

Anonymous (Trans. P.M. Matarasso): "The Quest for the Holy Graal" (Penguin Classics, London, 1969).

DeTroyes, Chretien (Trans. William W. Kibler & Carleton W. Carroll): "Arthurian Romances" (Penguin Classics, London, 1991). Contains the unfinished work "Perceval".

Eschenbach, Wolfram von (Trans. A.T. Hatto): "Parzival" (Penguin Classics, London, 1980).

Malory, Sir Thomas (Ed. Janet Cowen): "Le Morte D'Arthur", Vol. I & II (Penguin Classics, London, 1969).

INTRODUCTION

This book is translated from the first volume of "Perceval le Gallois ou le conte du Graal"; edited by M. Ch. Potvin for 'La Societe des Bibliophiles Belges' in 1866, (1) from the MS. numbered 11,145 in the library of the Dukes of Burgundy at Brussels. This MS. I find thus described in M... Continue reading book >>




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