Sir Perceval was a knight marked by a profound innocence. Raised away from courtly civilization, in the forest, he left his home to prove himself a knight and, after achieving great feats of chivalry at Camelot, became one of the knights of the Round Table.
Set aside by the other knights by his innocence, he embarked on a sacred journey in search of the Holy Grail, the cup or dish used by Christ at the Last Supper before his crucifixion, said to imbued with miraculous power.
The narrative of Perceval and the Grail quest first appeared in the late 12th century in Chrétien de Troyes’ poem ‘Perceval ou le Conte de Grail’ written in 1181-91. Chrétien wrote the poem towards the end of his life, and it was unfinished, ending after only 9.000 lines. But such was its popularity that four later authors wrote further sections – known as the four continuations – that altogether added an extra 54.000 lines to the poem.
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