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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 28, 1980 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Composed in the early thirteenth century, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival is the re-creation and completion of the story left unfinished by its initiator Chrétien de Troyes. It follows Parzival from his boyhood and career as a knight in the court of King Arthur to his ultimate achievement as King of the Temple of the Grail, which Wolfram describes as a life-giving Stone. As a knight serving the German nobility in the imperial Hohenstauffen period, the author was uniquely placed to describe the zest and colour of his hero’s world, with dazzling depictions of courtly luxury, jousting and adventure. Yet this is not simply a tale of chivalry, but an epic quest for spiritual education, as Parzival must conquer his ignorance and pride and learn humility before he can finally win the Holy Grail.

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User Review  - tysephine - Goodreads

I read this for my junior English class. I remember my teacher got very into all the imagery and went deep, deep into the backstory of King Arthur and who he might have been. At the time I wasn't very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Miranda - Goodreads

This book is a classic. If you're interested in medieval history, read it. If you're interested in the courtly love tradition, read it. If you're interested in the day to day lives of knights, read it ... Read full review

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Wolfram von Eschenbach was the greatest of the medieval German poets. Very little is known about his life, but it is generally accepted that he belonged to a Bavarian family of lower nobility. He probably died between 1220 and 1230. A.T. Hatto has translated Tristan and The Nibelungenlied for Penguin Classics.

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