THE HOLY GRAIL
INTERWOVEN with the Lancelot story in its later forms, though at the opposite pole in spirit, is the mystical legend of the Holy Grail. Of this we owe the earliest extant form, again, to Chrétien de Troies. He is said to have written his Perceval or Conte du Graal at the request of Count Philip of Flanders, from whom Chrétien got the material of the story, and at whose court he spent the last years of his life.1
The hero of the Conte du Graal, Perceval, was brought up by his widowed mother in a lonely forest, where she went to live after the good knight, her husband, had been slain. By keeping her son, who was her only child, from all knowledge of knighthood, she hoped to save him from its dangers. But one day, when the grass was green and the trees were blossoming and the birds were singing, the boy met five knights in shining armor, who Had lost their way. At first he____________________
In these books will be found references to other studies of the legend.