The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:Livre de Poche Jeunesse


Total Pages:192



Books Description:

Un jeune Gallois naïf, ignorant jusqu'à son nom, élevé dans la profonde Forêt Déserte, devient un vaillant chevalier et prend place autour de la Table ronde, parmi les compagnons du roi Arthur. Il a pour nom Perceval. Mais, outre ses aventures périlleuses et ses exploits chevaleresques, son vrai destin est celui de la quête du Graal...

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Le Roman de Perceval ou Le Conte du Graal

Author:Chrétien de Troyes

Publisher:Walter de Gruyter


Total Pages:674



Books Description:

This is the first truely critical edition of Chrétien de Troyes's "Perceval" and will replace the often inaccurate text of Hilka (1932). This new edition is based on ms. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr. 12576 (T), but is moderately interventionist in its attempt to approximate more closely to the ipsissima verba of Chrétien; the critical text is accompanied by complete variants from the other manuscripts. The critical apparatus includes full descriptions of all the manuscripts of "Perceval", an examination of the manuscript transmission of the text, and of the language of the scribe of T and of Chrétien; the notes contain a running commentary on the manuscript tradition and a justification of every emendation made to the text of T. The edition concludes with a full glossary.

The Mother's Recompense

Author:Edith Wharton

Publisher:Read Books Ltd


Total Pages:330



Books Description:

This early work by Edith Wharton was originally published in 1925 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Mother's Recompense' is a novel about a woman who abandoned her husband and child and who returns to her home city of New York after spending years in exile. Edith Wharton was born in New York City in 1862. Wharton's first poems were published in Scribner’s Magazine. In 1891, the same publication printed the first of her many short stories, titled 'Mrs. Manstey’s View'. Over the next four decades, they – along with other well-established American publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Century Magazine, Harper’s and Lippincott’s – regularly published her work.


Author:Arthur Groos,Norris J. Lacy



Total Pages:300



Books Description:

This volume in the Arthurian Characters and Themes series treats the fascinating character of Perceval, the naive and flawed but gifted youth who becomes the Grail hero in some texts and yet is eclipsed in others by Galahad. Also includes eight musical examples.

Perceval and Gawain in Dark Mirrors

Author:Rupert T. Pickens



Total Pages:216



Books Description:

An innovative author of verse romance, Chrétien de Troyes wrote in northern France between 1170 and 1190. Credited with the first Arthurian romance, he composed five works set in King Arthur’s court, culminating with an unfinished masterpiece, the Conte del Graal (Story of the Grail). This text is the first to mention the banquet serving dish that became the Holy Grail in early efforts to rewrite or complete the text. This book focuses on the Conte’s narrative depiction of mirrors real and metaphorical: shining armor, a polished golden eagle, the Grail itself, St. Paul’s enigmatic looking glass, the blood drops in snow in which Perceval sees the face of his beloved. The last chapter joins the controversy over Chrétien’s intended conclusion, and proposes a climactic ending in which Perceval, heir to the Grail kingdom, confronts his double, Gawain, heir to Arthur’s Logres.

Le Conte du Graal

Author:Chrétien de Troyes

Publisher:Le Livre de Poche


Total Pages:640



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Edition enrichie (présentation, index et notes) La collection Lettres gothiques se propose d'ouvrir au public le plus large un accès à la fois direct, aisé et sûr à la littérature du Moyen Age. Un accès direct en mettant sous les yeux du lecteur le texte original. Un accès aisé grâce à la traduction en français moderne proposée en regard, à l'introduction et à des notes nombreuses. Un accès sûr grâce aux soins dont font l'objet la présentation du texte et son commentaire. La collection Lettres gothiques offre ainsi un panorama représentatif de l'ensemble de la littérature médiévale. Chrétien de Troyes LE CONTE DU GRAAL ou le roman de Perceval Voici l''oeuvre dernière, restée inachevée (c. 1181), du grand romancier d'aventure et d'amour qu'est Chrétien de Troyes. Paradoxe d'une mort féconde. Enigme demeurée intacte. îuvre riche de toutes les traditions : biblique et augustinienne, antique et rhétorique, celtique et féerique. Est-ce un roman d'éducation ou le mystère d'une initiation ? Brille-t-il par le cristal de sa langue ou par la merveille d'une femme ? Une édition nouvelle, une traduction critique, la découverte d'un copiste méconnu du manuscrit de Berne, autant d'efforts pour restituer au lecteur moderne les puissances d'abîme et d'extase du grand oeuvre du maître champenois. On peut également lire Le Conte du Graal dans l'édition en un volume des Romans de Chrétien de Troyes (La Pochothèque). Traduction critique, présentation et notes de Charles Méla, professeur à l'université de Genève.

The Danger of Romance

Author:Karen Sullivan

Publisher:University of Chicago Press


Total Pages:336



Books Description:

The curious paradox of romance is that, throughout its history, this genre has been dismissed as trivial and unintellectual, yet people have never ceased to flock to it with enthusiasm and even fervor. In contemporary contexts, we devour popular romance and fantasy novels like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones, reference them in conversations, and create online communities to expound, passionately and intelligently, upon their characters and worlds. But romance is “unrealistic,” critics say, doing readers a disservice by not accurately representing human experiences. It is considered by some to be a distraction from real literature, a distraction from real life, and little more. Yet is it possible that romance is expressing a truth—and a truth unrecognized by realist genres? The Arthurian literature of the Middle Ages, Karen Sullivan argues, consistently ventriloquizes in its pages the criticisms that were being made of romance at the time, and implicitly defends itself against those criticisms. The Danger of Romance shows that the conviction that ordinary reality is the only reality is itself an assumption, and one that can blind those who hold it to the extraordinary phenomena that exist around them. It demonstrates that that which is rare, ephemeral, and inexplicable is no less real than that which is commonplace, long-lasting, and easily accounted for. If romance continues to appeal to audiences today, whether in its Arthurian prototype or in its more recent incarnations, it is because it confirms the perception—or even the hope—of a beauty and truth in the world that realist genres deny.

Arthurian Romances

Author:Troyes Cretien de

Publisher:Xist Publishing


Total Pages:329



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The Birth of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table“’My good sir, is she your daughter then?’ ‘Yes, but don't pay any attention to what she says,’ said the lord. ‘She's a child - a silly, foolish thing.’ ‘Indeed,’ said my lord Gawain, ‘then I'd be very ill-mannered not to do what she wants.’” - Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes is a collection of short stories set in the Early Middle Ages, in England. They follow the path of several knights – including Lancelot’s dad – through adulthood focusing on their romantic affairs. What tests will the knights encounter in order to prove themselves worthy of a woman’s love?


Author:Lenora D. Wolfgang

Publisher:Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG


Total Pages:145



Books Description:

The book series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, founded by Gustav Gröber in 1905, is among the most renowned publications in Romance Studies. It covers the entire field of Romance linguistics, including the national languages as well as the lesser studied Romance languages. The editors welcome submissions of high-quality monographs and collected volumes on all areas of linguistic research, on medieval literature and on textual criticism. The publication languages of the series are French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian as well as German and English. Each collected volume should be as uniform as possible in its contents and in the choice of languages.

Rewriting Medieval French Literature

Author:Leah Tether,Keith Busby

Publisher:Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG


Total Pages:383



Books Description:

Jane H. M. Taylor is one of the world's foremost scholars of rewriting or réécriture. Her focus has been on literature in medieval and Renaissance France, but rewriting, including continuation, translation, and adaptation, lies at the heart of literary traditions in all vernaculars. This book explores both the interdisciplinarity of rewriting and Taylor's remarkable contribution to its study. The rewriting and reinterpretation of narratives across chronological, social and/or linguistic boundaries represents not only a crucial feature of text transmission, but also a locus of cultural exchange. Taylor has shown that the adaptation of material to conform to the expectations, values, or literary tastes of a different audience can reveal important information regarding the acculturation and reception of medieval texts. In recent years, numerous scholars across disciplines have thus turned to this field of enquiry. This collection of studies dedicated to the rewriting of medieval French literature from the twelfth to the twenty-first centuries by Taylor’s friends, colleagues, and former students offers not only a fitting tribute to Taylor’s career, but also a timely consolidation of the very latest research in the field, which will be vital for all scholars of medieval rewriting. With contributions from Jessica Taylor, Keith Busby, Leah Tether, Logan E. Whalen, Mireille Séguy, Christine Ferlampin-Acher, Ad Putter, Anne Salamon, Patrick Moran, Nathalie Koble, Bart Besamusca, Frank Brandsma, Richard Trachsler, Carol J. Chase, Maria Colombo Timelli, Laura Chuhan Campbell, Joan Tasker-Grimbert, Jean-Claude Mühlethaler, Michelle Szkilnik, Thomas Hinton, Elizabeth Archibald.

Chretien de Troyes: Perceval ou le conte du graal

Author:Stephanie Schnabel

Publisher:GRIN Verlag


Total Pages:21



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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2002 im Fachbereich Romanistik - Französisch - Literatur, Note: 1,7, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Romanisches Seminar), Veranstaltung: Proseminar zur französischen Literatur, 12 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Das Thema dieser Arbeit ist die mittelalterliche Erzählung "Perceval ou Le Conte du Graal" von Chrétien de Troyes. In ihr wird zum ersten Mal in altfranzösischer Sprache eines der größten Mysterien der christlichen Religion beschrieben: der Heilige Graal. Um seinen Aufenthaltsort ranken sich ebenso viele Legenden wie um sein Äußeres. Mal wird er als Schale, dann als Kelch oder als Platte beschrieben. Er soll ewiges Leben spenden und Krankheiten heilen können. Aber wo ist er? Ist es der in Valencia aufbewahrte Kelch oder befindet er sich im Kloster San Juan de la Pena? Was wurde in Rennes-le-Château wirklich versteckt? War es ein Gefäß oder etwas anderes? War es der Leib Christi? Hat Jesus die Kreuzigung überlebt? Wo liegt er dann begraben? In Israel, Frankreich oder dem heutigen Kaschmir? Hier möchte ich einen kurzen Überblick über das Leben Chrétiens sowie einen Einblick in seine anderen Werke geben, bevor ich mich einer metrischen Analyse der im "Perceval" dargestellten Gralsprozession widme. Anhand dieser sollen metrische Besonderheiten des Altfranzösischen dargestellt werden. Außerdem soll untersucht werden, welche Vorstellungen sich die Menschen in der heutigen Zeit vom Gral machen. Wie wird er dargestellt? Kann man mit dem Begriff noch etwas anfangen? Was bedeutet der Gral heute? Das wird an Beispielen deutlich: Ein Film, mit der Phantasie der Menschen gemacht, und ein Buch, das für die Phantasie der Menschen gemacht wurde. Was fasziniert die Menschen so am Gral? Wie gehen sie mit ihm um? Ist es nur seine Gestalt oder die Gabe des Ewigen? Mit dieser Arbeit soll ein kurzer, aber hoffentlich ausreichender Einblick in die verschiedenen Schichten des Geheimnisses 'Gral' gegeben werden.

Chrétien Continued

Author:Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner

Publisher:OUP Oxford


Total Pages:288



Books Description:

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner provides the first book-length examination of all four verse continuations that follow Chrétien's unfinished Grail story, a powerful site of rewriting from the late twelfth through the fifteenth centuries. By focusing on the dialogue between Chrétien and the verse continuators, this study demonstrates how the patterns and puzzles inscribed in the first author's romance continue to guide his successors, whose additions and reinventions throw new light back on the problems medieval readers and writers found in the mother text: questions about society and the individual; love, gender relations, and family ties; chivalry, violence, and religion; issues of collective authorship and doubled heroes, interpretation, rewriting, and canon formation. However far the continuations appear to wander from the master text, the manuscript tradition supports an implicit claim of oneness extending across the multiplicity of discordant voices combined in a dozen different manuscript compilations, the varying ensembles in which most medieval readers encountered Chrétien's Conte. Indeed, considered as a group the continuators show remarkable fidelity in integrating his romance's key elements, as they respond sympathetically to the dynamic incongruities and paradoxical structure of their model, its desire for and deferral of ending, its non-Aristotelian logic of 'and/both' in which contiguity forces interpretation and further narrative elaboration. Unlike their prose competitors, the verse continuators remain faithful to the dialectical movement inscribed across the interlace of two heroes' intertwined stories, the contradictory yet complementary spirit that propels Chrétien's decentered Conte du Graal.

Histories of Laughter and Laughter in History

Author:Rafał Borysławski,Justyna Jajszczok,Jakub Wolff

Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Total Pages:245



Books Description:

Laughter is often no laughing matter, and, as such, it deserves continued scholarly attention as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon. This collection of essays is a meeting ground for scholars from several disciplines, including historians, philologists, and scholars of social sciences, to discuss places and roles of laughter in history, in historical narratives, and in cultural anthropology from prehistory to the present. The common foci of the papers gathered in this volume are to examine laughter and its meanings, to reflect on the place of laughter in Western history and literature, to disclose laughter’s manipulative potential in historical and literary narratives, to see it in the light of the concepts of carnivalesque and playfulness, to see it as a reflection of hysterical historicizing, to see its place in comedy, farce, grotesque and irony, and to see it against its broadly understood theoretical, philosophical and psychological aspects. The book will appeal chiefly to an academic readership, including students, historians, literary and cultural scholars, sociologists, and cultural anthropologists.

The Romance of Arthur

Author:Norris J. Lacy,James J. Wilhelm



Total Pages:572



Books Description:

The Romance of Arthur, James J. Wilhelm’s classic anthology of Arthurian literature, is an essential text for students of the medieval Romance tradition. This fully updated third edition presents a comprehensive reader, mapping the course of Arthurian literature, and is expanded to cover: key authors such as Chrétien de Troyes and Thomas of Britain, as well as Arthurian texts by women and more obscure sources for Arthurian romance extensive coverage of key themes and characters in the tradition a wide geographical range of texts including translations from Latin, French, German, Spanish, Welsh, Middle English, and Italian sources a broad chronological range of texts, encompassing nearly a thousand years of Arthurian romance. Norris J. Lacy builds on the book’s source material, presenting readers with a clear introduction to many accessible modern-spelling versions of Arthurian texts. The extracts are presented in a new reader-friendly format with detailed suggestions for further reading and illustrations of key places, figures, and scenes. The Romance of Arthur provides an excellent introduction and an extensive resource for both students and scholars of Arthurian literature.

Arthurian Romances

Author:Chretien Troyes

Publisher:Penguin UK


Total Pages:528



Books Description:

Taking the legends surrounding King Arthur and weaving in new psychological elements of personal desire and courtly manner, Chrétien de Troyes fashioned a new form of medieval Romance. The Knight of the Cart is the first telling of the adulterous relationship between Lancelot and Arthur's Queen Guinevere, and in The Knight with the Lion Yvain neglects his bride in his quest for greater glory. Erec and Enide explores a knight's conflict between love and honour, Cligés exalts the possibility of pure love outside marriage, while the haunting The Story of the Grail chronicles the legendary quest. Rich in symbolism, these evocative tales combine closely observed detail with fantastic adventure to create a compelling world that profoundly influenced Malory, and are the basis of the Arthurian legends we know today.

Studies in Stemmatology II

Author:Pieter van Reenen,August den Hollander,Margot van Mulken

Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing


Total Pages:312



Books Description:

Stemmatology is the discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts. The object of this volume is the evaluation of the most recent methods and techniques in the field of stemmatology, as well as the development of new ones. The book is largely interdisciplinary in character: it contains contributions from scholars from classical, historical, biblical, medieval and modern language studies, as well as from mathematical and computer scientists and biologists. The contributions in the book have been divided into two sections. The first section deals with various stemmatological methods and techniques. The second section focuses more specifically on the various problems concerning textual variation.An earlier volume on Studies in Stemmatology was published in 1996 and opened the most actual state of the art in stemmatology to a broad audience. That first volume was very well received by stemmatologists and also gave an impulse to new research, as several articles in the current volume clearly illustrate. Both volumes are of interest to scholars in (historical) linguistics, literary studies, Bible studies, classical studies, medieval studies, and history.

The Romances of Chretien de Troyes

Author:Joseph J. Duggan

Publisher:Yale University Press


Total Pages:408



Books Description:

Twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes was one of the most influential figures in Western literature, for his romantic poems on the legend of King Arthur gave rise to a tradition of storytelling that continues to this day. This important and fascinating book is a study of all of Chrétien’s work. Joseph J. Duggan begins with an introduction that sets Chrétien within the social and intellectual currents of his time. He then organizes the book in chapters that focus on major issues in Chrétien’s romances rather than on individual works, topics that range from the importance of kinship and genealogy to standards of secular moral responsibility and from Chrétien’s art of narration to his representation of knighthood. Duggan offers new perspectives on many of these themes: in a chapter on the influence of Celtic mythology, for example, he gives special attention to the ways Chrétien integrated portrayals of motivation with mythic themes and characters, and in discussing the Grail romance, he explores the parallels between Perceval’s and Gauvain’s adventures.

The Holy Grail on Film

Author:Kevin J. Harty



Total Pages:256



Books Description:

This collection of new essays is the first to study film depictions of the quest for the Holy Grail—the holy Christian relic of legend supposedly used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars from a range of disciplines discuss American, Australian and European films that offer fresh perspectives on this enduring myth of the Arthurian world and Western culture, including The Silver Chalice (1954), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Excalibur (1981), The Road Warrior (1981), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Fisher King (1991), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Waterboy (1998), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009).

The Medieval Author in Medieval French Literature

Author:V. Greene,Virginie Green



Total Pages:257



Books Description:

Thirty-five years ago Roland Barthes proclaimed the death of the Author. For medievalists no death has been more timely. The essays in this volume create a prism through which to understand medieval authorship as a process and the medieval author as an agency in the making.