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The Quest of the Holy Grail : Penguin Classics - Pauline Matarasso

The Quest of the Holy Grail

Penguin Classics

By: Pauline Matarasso (Introduction by), P.M. Matarasso (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1969
ISBN: 9780140442205
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Composed by an unknown author in early thirteenth-century France, The Quest of the Holy Grail is a fusion of Arthurian legend and Christian symbolism, reinterpreting ancient Celtic myth as a profound spiritual fable. It recounts the quest of the knights of Camelot - the simple Perceval, the thoughtful Bors, the rash Gawain, the weak Lancelot and the saintly Galahad - as they journey through danger and temptation to reach the elusive Holy Grail. But only one of them is judged worthy to see the mysteries within the sacred vessel, and look upon the ineffable. Enfused with tragic grandeur and an aura of mysticism, The Quest is an absorbing and radiant allegory of man's perilous search for divine grace, and had a profound influence on later Arthurian romances and versions of the Grail legend.

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This epic medieval text of Arthurian Romance tells of the adventures of Gawain, Galahad and Lancelot as they journey across a land pitted with dangers and temptations in their quest to find the Holy Grail, the platter that Christ ate the paschal lamb from at the Last Supper, which according to legend Joseph of Arimathea had brought with him when he came to Britain as its first missionary. The knights leave Camelot together, but each makes his own journey to Sarras, the heavenly city, where they can assist at the office of the Grail. And only one is worthy to look into the Grail, and see the mysteries within. As with many medieval tales, the knights' physical journey is an allegory for our spiritual journey through life, the goal being grace which the Grail comes to represent; this and many other interesting points are presented in Matarasso's excellent introduction. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780140442205
ISBN-10: 0140442200
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st February 1969
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.22