Academic journal article Medium Aevum

German Romance, Vol. II: Gauriel Von Muntabel

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

German Romance, Vol. II: Gauriel Von Muntabel

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German Romance, Vol. II: Gauriel von Muntabel, ed. Siegfried Christoph, Arthurian Archives XV (Cambridge: Brewer, 2007). viii + 560. ISBN 978-1-84384-077-0. £50.00. Gauriel van Muntabel by the otherwise unknown South-West German author Konrad von Stoffeln, dating most likely from the second half of die thirteenth century, is thought to be the last of the Middle High German Arthurian romances. As with several other of the 'postclassical' romances in German, the basis of the story is the fairy-mistress theme, the story of a knight who breaks a taboo and has to win his beloved back by performing a series of adventures. Konrad was familiar with a wide range of earlier texts in German, but a direct source is not known. After his offence, which consists of boasting of his mistress's beauty, Gauriel is sent to capture the three best knights at Arthur's court. He accomplishes his mission, becomes a knight of the Round Table, and sets out to seek reconciliation with his beloved. But now Erec, playing the role of Gawein, reminds him of the need to remain active in chivalry, and his wife, as she has now become, allows him to go for one year, protected by a magic ring. In the second part of the romance Gauriel and the Arthurian knights undertake a series of adventures in which they go to the aid of an imprisoned king, release a maiden from her imprisonment by an unwanted suitor, and support a mermaid in her battle against the army of an alien king. …

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