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The Old French Grail Romance - Perlesvaus

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From the INTRODUCTION.
The Old French romance, Perlesvaus, with which the following pages deal, was published in 1866 in conjunction with the Perceval of Crestien de Troyes. Since the date of its publication, the work has several times been the object of more or less fruitful discussion. The past investigation on the subject, however, has been limited merely to the bearing the romance has on questions relating to the Holy Grail. The Perlesvaus, it seems, has shared the fate of most Grail works in that its importance for the history of the Grail legend has for the time being overshadowed the interest in the work itself. While several permanent contributions have been made with respect to parts of the romance, there has been thus far no independent attempt to learn definitely the origin and the nature of the work.
The need then of a special study of the Perlesvaus will be readily admitted. Certainly, the romance is of sufficient importance as a Grail work to justify such an undertaking; moreover, aside from its connection with the Grail legend it possesses a peculiar interest as one of the earliest examples of French literary prose. Consequently, if the Perlesvaus is, as it has been held to be, chiefly a compilation from other contemporary works, the first step in the further study of it is to ascertain from what particular sources it was compiled. At the same time the question of the extent and nature of the indebtedness to these sources should be considered. It is with a view to the partial settlement of these two questions: the particular sources of the Perlesvaus and the relation of the romance to these sources, that the present study is made.
The previous studies dealing with the work serve as a starting-point for the investigation in hand. A review of this literature will be made in order to indicate the results thus far reached by writers on the subject and to determine what special points are still open to discussion. This method will define largely the course of the present study. As to the limits of the study, it was at first planned to take account of most of the sources of the Perlesvaus, the order in which the sources were to be treated being as far as possible according to their relative importance. That is, those works were to be considered first to which the Perlesvaus appeared to be most closely related; those were to be considered next with which it showed less connection; and so on, as its affinity with the works in question diminished. For so full a treatment, however, more time and space would have been necessary than could be given to the study. Accordingly the relationship of the romance only to its more important sources will be considered here.
The present inquiry, however, had necessarily to be preceded by an examination of the MSS. of the Perlesvaus. The modern edition of the romance was published by Potvin from a single MS. in the Bibliotheque de Bourgogne at Brussels, though variants were also given from a Bern MS. which contains two fragments of the work. Since the publication of Potvin's edition, however, five additional MSS. have come to light containing the Perlesvaus in some form or other; and in 1876 the Rev. Robert Williams edited a Welsh translation (with a Modern English rendition by himself) which M. Gaston Paris ascribes to a better French text than that of Potvin's MS. The necessity is thus apparent of considering first this additional MS. material before proceeding to the study of the work. Three of the MSS. unknown to Potvin (which are virtually two as the third is a late copy of the second) are in Paris, a fourth is in Chantilly, and a fifth at Oxford. The present writer has made a somewhat detailed examination of these MSS. and has also partially verified the Potvin text according to the Brussels MS.; the results of this examination will be found in the following pages.


A Brief History Of The Holy Grail

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A Brief History of the Holy Grail charts the origins of the grail story from early Christian gospels through to eastern mysticism and the rise of medieval romances and Arthurian legends. The grail reappears once more in the story of the Crusades and in particular the rise and dramatic fall of the Knight Templars, who it is said were the guardians of the cup, newly discovered in Jerusalem.

The myths have been more powerful that the facts and the allure of the Grail has attracted the attention of modern writers and artist in search of an ancient symbol of purity: psychologist Carl Jung, composer Richard Wagner, poets William Blake, and T S Eliot, the Pre-Raphelite painters have all been seduced by the legend. Today the grail quest can be found in films such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Excalibur, as well as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code


The Holy Grail Of Retail Black Cover

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The Holy Grail of Retail is a comedic take on the ins and outs of the retail industry from an insider's point of view. Everyone loves a good mall crawl. But the idea of using sound shopping etiquette as a tool to get good deals and catch those awesome sales has never been discussed...until now. So before you enter the holiday sales arena to spend another penny on this season's must-haves every wife, mom, student and fashionista should know the ground rules. Welcome to the real secret to bargain hunting. Welcome to shopping at its highest form. Welcome to the Holy Grail of Retail.


A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...in reading the Scripture or any book of piety, you meet with a passage that more than ordinarily affects your mind, and seems, as it were, to give your heart a new motion towards God, you should try to turn it into the form of a petition, and then give it a place in your prayers. By this means you will be often improving your prayers, and storing yourself with proper forms of making the desires of your heart known unto God. At all the stated hours of prayer, it will be of great benefit to you to have something fixed, and something at liberty, in your devotions. You should have some fixed subject, which is constantly to be the chief matter of your prayer at that particular time; and yet have liberty to add such other petitions, as your condition may then require. For instance: as the morning is to you the beginning of a new life; as God has then given you a new enjoyment of yourself, and a fresh entrance into the world; it is highly proper that your first devotions should be a praise and thanksgiving to God, as for a new creation; and that you should offer and devote body and soul, all that you are, and all that you have, to His service and glory. Receive, therefore, every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life; meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God's goodness, as if you had seen it, and all things, new created upon your account: and under the sense of so great a blessing, let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator. Let, therefore, praise and thanksgiving, and oblation of yourself unto God, be always the fixed and certain subject of your first prayers in the morning; and then take the liberty of adding such other devotions, as the accidental difference of your state, or the...


A Brief History Of The Holy Grail

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A Brief History of the Holy Grail charts the origins of the grail story from early Christian gospels through to eastern mysticism and the rise of medieval romances and Arthurian legends. The grail reappears once more in the story of the Crusades and in particular the rise and dramatic fall of the Knight Templars, who it is said were the guardians of the cup, newly discovered in Jerusalem.

The myths have been more powerful that the facts and the allure of the Grail has attracted the attention of modern writers and artist in search of an ancient symbol of purity: psychologist Carl Jung, composer Richard Wagner, poets William Blake, and T S Eliot, the Pre-Raphelite painters have all been seduced by the legend. Today the grail quest can be found in films such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Excalibur, as well as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code



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