Quest of the Holy Grail
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813766 / 155481376X
  • 368 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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Quest of the Holy Grail

  • Publication Date: August 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813766 / 155481376X
  • 368 pages; 5½" x 8½"

The Old French Lancelot-Graal is an important but massive work, providing a place for King Arthur not only in the history of Britain but also in Christian history. This new translation of one section, the Quest of the Holy Grail, will be a flexible addition to courses on medieval literature or romance. The notes and guides are designed to help readers enjoy the text while appreciating its relationship to social and literary history. Appendices include translations of material from two of Chrétien de Troyes’s romances (Perceval and Yvain); translations from other parts of the Lancelot-Grail Cycle (the early history of the Grail and the conception of Galahad); and excerpts from apocryphal works (from French versions written at about the same time as the Quest).

The Quest of the Holy Grail

  • The Round Table at Pentecost
  • Galahad’s First Adventures
  • Lancelot’s First Adventures
  • Perceval’s Adventures
  • Lancelot’s Adventures, Continued
  • Lord Gawain’s Adventures
  • Bors’s Adventures
  • Galahad’s Adventures, Continued
  • King Solomon’s Ship
  • Galahad, Perceval, Bors, and Perceval’s Sister
  • Lancelot Completes His Quest
  • Galahad Completes His Quest
  • Sarras
  • Alternate Ending

Appendix A: Chrétien de Troyes

  1. Perceval, or the Story of the Graal: The Three Grail Excerpts
    1. The Graal at the Fisher King’s Castle
    2. The Quest Is Declared
    3. Perceval and the Hermit
  2. Yvain, or the Knight of the Lion: Two Episodes Repurposed in the Quest
    1. The Serpent and the Lion
    2. The Two Daughters of the Lord of the Black Thorn

Appendix B: Apocryphal Bible Stories

  1. From André de Coutances, The “Gospel of Nicodemus”
    1. Joseph of Arimathea after the Crucifixion
    2. The Harrowing of Hell
    3. The Tree of Mercy
  2. The History of the Holy Rood-Tree
  3. Jean Beleth’s Summary of the Legend of the Holy Cross

Appendix C: Excerpts from the Lancelot-Grail Cycle

  1. History of the Holy Grail: The Nature of the Grail Object
    1. Joseph of Arimathea
    2. The Priesthood of Josephus
    3. Nascien and the Grail
  2. The Book of Lancelot du Lac: The Grail Procession and the Conception of Galahad

Works Cited

Judith Shoaf is Director of the Language Learning Center at the University of Florida.