Perceval and the Grail of Bruges: By Chrétien De Troyes

4/09/2009 02:06:00 PM ·

Chrétien de Troyes composed his famous epic poem Perceval, le Conte du Graal (Perceval, the Story of the Grail) between 1181 and 1191 for his patron Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders. He wrote only 9,000 lines; when he died, he left us with an unfinished masterpiece and a handful of historical mysteries.

The Story of the Grail was the earliest account of the Quest for the Holy Grail, telling us about Perceval who was raised by his mother in a Welsh forest. When the boy encounters some knights, he realizes he wants to be one. He travels to the court of King Arthur and in his knight's armour, he sets out for adventure. Read More

~~Patrick Bernauw

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