Lancelot-Grail: The quest for the Holy Grail

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Norris J. Lacy
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 171 pages
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The Quest of the Holy Grail adds a spiritual dimension to the adventures of Arthur's knights. Galahad replaces Lancelot as the central figure, though he appears and disappears so often that many of the knights are engaged in a quest to find him rather than the Grail. The central concept of the Grail was never accepted by the Church, and the Quest remains a secular romance which can be interpreted as a spiritual allegory. This is done by the hermits who appear throughout the story, pointing out the meaning of each adventure. The adventures have a strong element of the magical and otherworldly, and the story is more closely structured than Lancelot, with the accomplishment of the Grail adventure by Galahad, Perceval and Bors as its centre and culmination. For a full description of the Vulgate Cycle see the blurb for the complete set.
  

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Contents

the Quest For the hoLy GraiL 1 lancelot Dubs Galahad and the Knights Discuss the Perilous Seat
3
Gawain and lancelot attempt to Remove the Sword in the Stone
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Galahad arrives at arthurs Court
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Galahad Sits in the Perilous Seat
8
a Stranger announces the arrival of the Grail and King arthur holds a Tournament to Celebrate
11
The Court mourns the Knights Departure and the Queen Reveals Galahads Identity to him
13
The Knights Swear Solemn Devotion to the Quest
16
The Knights Depart and Journey Together to Vagans Castle
17
The Recluse Explains the Meaning of the Tournament Lancelot Gets lost in the Wilderness
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Gawain and hector meet and Decide to Travel Together
91
Gawain and hector are Puzzled by Strange Visions
93
Gawain Kills yvain in Combat
94
hector and Gawain meet a hermit
96
The hermit explains Gawains and hectors Visions
97
Bors meets the Religious Who explains the Importance of Confession to him
100
Bors Vows to Eat the Food of the Spirit and Sees the Bird Sacrifice Itself to Its young
102

King Bademagu Wrongly Takes the Shield from the abbey
19
Galahad Wears the Shield and The White Knight Recounts Its history
21
Galahad lifts the Tombstone and a Good man explains Its Significance Meliant Is Dubbed and Accompanies Galahad
24
meliant Is Wounded in a Battle with a Stranger in the Forest and a monk Explains Its Significance
27
Galahad Battles Seven Knights at the Castle of the maidens
31
Gawain and his Companions Battle the Seven Brothers and a hermit Explains Its Significance
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Galahad Battles Lancelot and Perceval A Knight Is Healed by the Grail
36
The hermit Tells lancelot the Parable of the Gold Coins
39
Lancelot Confesses His Infidelity to the Hermit
41
The hermit explains how lancelot Is like Stone Wood and a Fig Tree
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lancelot Converts
45
The Recluse Reveals her Identity to Perceval
46
Percevals aunt Recounts the Story of the Three Tables
48
Percevals aunt Recalls merlins Prophecies
49
Percevals aunt advises Perceval Before his Departure
51
Perceval observes an old man at mass
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Perceval hears the Story of mordrain
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Perceval attacked by Knights and Rescued by The Red Knight
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left Without a horse Perceval Swears allegiance to his Rescuer
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Perceval awakes on an Island and Befriends a lion
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Perceval Dreams of Women on a lion and a Serpent
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The hermit explains the allegory of the old and the New laws
64
Perceval Pledges his love to a lady Who Tempts him
66
Perceval Repents his Weakness and meets the hermit again
69
The hermit explains the Temptation of Perceval
70
a Squire humiliates lancelot for his Sinful love of the Queen
72
The Devil Is Conjured to explain the Death of the Religious
74
The hermit Condemns lancelots Sin with Guenevere
77
The hermit Recounts the Parable of the Banquet
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The hermit Guides lancelots Conduct
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lancelot has a Vision and Prays for Gods help in his effort to Remain Pure
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lancelot meets a hospitable and Wise hermit
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The hermit explains lancelots Vision of the man Surrounded by Kings
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after Participating in a Tournament lancelot Is Captured and Released
86
Lancelot Reflects on His Moral Failings
88
Bors hears the Story of King amant and Volunteers to Combat Priadan the Black
104
Bors Dreams a Series of Strange Visions
106
Bors Defeats Priadan the Black in Combat
107
Bors must Choose Between Saving lionel and Rescuing a Captive maiden
108
Bors Buries his Brother and a Religious Chastises him for Saving the maiden
110
a Beautiful maiden Tempts Bors
112
Bors arrives at an abbey of White monks and asks for Guidance
113
The abbot Interprets Borss adventures
114
Bors meets lionel and Refuses to Fight him
116
lionel Kills Calogrenant in the Battle against Bors
118
God Intervenes and Commands Bors to meet Perceval at the Sea
119
after a Tournament Galahad Rides to the magic Ship and meets Bors and Perceval
121
Perceval meets his Sister on a Second magic Ship
124
The Knights Discover the magic Sword
125
Percevals Sister Recounts the Story of the Sword
126
The legend of the Tree of life
130
The Story of the Death of abel
133
The Tree of life Throughout Time
135
Solomons Wife Suggests how to Signal That Galahad Is anticipated
136
Solomon Constructs the Ship and Dreams of Its Consecration
137
a Belt Is Fashioned from the hair of Percevals Sister
139
The Companions liberate Carcelois Castle and Witness the Death of Count ernol
141
A White Stag Changes into a Man and a Priest Explains Its Significance
144
The leper Woman Is Cured with Blood from Percevals Sister Who Dies
145
Perceval and Galahad Witness Divine Punishment and Decide to Separate
150
lancelot happens upon a Ship and meets Galahad Who explains the Strange Straps
151
lancelot arrives at the Castle of the Grail Where he Is Injured in his attempts to approach the holy Grail
155
lancelot Finds Bademagus Tomb and Returns to Court
159
Galahad Witnesses mordrains Death hears Simeons Voice and Rides to the Castle of the maimed King
160
The Three Companions Witness the Wonders of Corbenic Castle
162
Josephus Performs the Grail liturgy and the Knights Witness the mysteries of the Grail
164
The Ship Departs with the Three Companions and the holy Grail
166
The Companions Come to Sarras Where Galahad Performs a miracle and Percevals Sister Is Buried
167
Galahad Dies
169
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Professor Norris J. Lacy is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA.

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