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Sir Perceval of Galles and Ywain and Gawain

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This volume contains the only known English version of Chretien de Troyes's romance of the naive knight Perceval, Sir Perceval of Galles. The work uses Perceval's ridiculous behavior as a late medieval satire of courtliness. Accompanying this tale is Ywain and Gawain, a translation of a second Chretien poem, Le Chevalier au Lion. Unlike Sir Perceval, this poem extols the v ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Medieval Institute Publications (first published June 1995)
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Natalie
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The TEAMS series is great-- simply because it produces otherwise hard-to-find texts in ME. That said the glossing isn't great, esp. as I disagreed on some of the translations in the margin and would have liked more elabortion (perhaps in the footnotes) for the word choice.

However, these are two of the best English Arthurian romances. Sir Perceval of Galles is Arthurian Romance at its hight. Not only is Perceval hilariously naive and funny, but one watches him develop as the romance progresses--
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Nikki
I'm not really a fan of Percival -- so often just a simple Welsh boy who doesn't know about courtly manners, and thus is an object of mockery, because courtly manners are cleaaaarly so natural -- but this Middle English version is pretty fun. It helps that there's no mystical grail stuff, but plenty of adventure of a more earthly sort. It's a pretty fun text, too, lively and quick to read (at least, it's quick if your Middle English is up to scratch).

The TEAMS editions are always good, but it's
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