Perceval, the Story of the Grail (Arthurian Studies, 5) by de Troyes Chretien

By de Troyes Chretien

The Holy Grail has intrigued and encouraged numerous readers over the centuries because it first seemed in Chr?tien's Perceval. primarily the tale of the making of a knight, either in worldly and non secular phrases, it's also the resource ofsome of the main dramatic and mysterious adventures of romance. First English translation.

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Within the walls of Beaurepaire there’s nothing to drink or eat and the knights are weak, while we are strong and healthy, neither hungry nor thirsty, and could endure a great battle if they dared to come out and engage us. We’ll send twenty knights to fight outside the gate. The knight, sporting with his fair love Blancheflor, will want to prove his chivalry; but he won’t have a chance! He’ll be captured or killed, for the others, who’ll be so weak, will give him little help. ’ ‘Truly,’ said Clamadeus, ‘I approve of that!

The girl drew back from the window then; and the boy, waiting at the gate, felt they were making him stand around too long and began to shout again. Thereupon four retainers came and unlocked the gate: each had a fine sword girded on and was clutching an axe. ‘Come this way,’ they said to him. If these retainers had been in a happy state they would have been handsome men indeed; but they had suffered so much from lack of food and 22 Chrétien de Troyes sleep that they were a piteous sight. And just as the boy had found the land outside all bare and deserted, so he found precious little within.

I tell you, it’s better by far to refuse from the beginning than to raise expectations. ’ This girl had not laughed for more than six years; but she said these words so loud and clear that everyone could hear her. And the words enraged Kay; he leapt forward and slapped her so hard across her tender cheek that he laid her full-length on the floor. ’ The fool cried out, the girl wept, and the boy delayed no longer: without a word from anyone he set off after the Red Knight. And Yvonet, who knew all the secret, shortest cuts and was a keen bringer of news to court, ran off, all alone, without companion, through a garden beside the hall and down through a postern gate, and came straight to the path where the knight stood, waiting for adventure and a trial of chivalry, the golden cup on a grey stone block beside him.

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