Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chretien De Troyes: Le Conte Du Graal

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chretien De Troyes: Le Conte Du Graal

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Emmanuele Baumgartner, Chretien de Troyes: Le Conte du Graal, Etudes litteraires 62 (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1999). 128 pp. ISBN 2-13-049993-7. F. Fr. 48.00. This useful little book sets Chretien's last and unfinished romance, entitled in the text `the Tale of the Grail', briefly but skilfully within the context of its medieval reception and of modern criticism. Emmanuele Baumgartner points out that both modern scholars and medieval continuators emphasize and develop further the religious element in relation to the Grail theme, first explicitly identified by Perceval's hermit uncle. She would, however, lay rather less stress on this purely religious element, but refreshingly gives a more positive interpretation and a more equal importance to the role of Gauvain within the romance than is the tendency of some of the medieval continuators and modern critics. For her, Gauvain, a knight who has somewhat lost his way, finds it again in his period outside time in the Castle of the Queens and, through his questioning, helps to reestablish the founding values of the Arthurian utopia. …

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