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Le Conte du Graal ou le roman de Perceval by Chrétien de Troyes
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Sep 10, 2012

really liked it
Read from September 10 to 19, 2012

You would think medieval stories about knights and Christianity would be really dry, but no! De Troyes somehow finds a way to please his patron while making fun of chivalry and the arbitrary rules of society at the time. I had a good laugh, and I now think the Middle Ages are a lot cooler than I thought possible. There's also a scene that reminds me of The Big Lebowski, which could read something like this:

"Is this the madman, sir?"
"No, random knight, this man is Welsh, there's nothing to be afraid of."

You do have to do a bit of a close reading to get all the irony (at a glance, it really is just a story about an overzealous knight), but it's absolutely worth it. The only problem is the story was never finished!!

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message 1: by Brian (new)

Brian yes, yes, this is the other perceval/parzifal/percival romance i read in college!

Morgane These stories are really entertaining! I'm glad I ended up taking the class. Makes me want to reread The Mists of Avalon, now that I understand everyone's backstory.

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