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Lancelot-Grail (10 Volume Set): The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation [Paperback]

Norris Lacy


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March 31 2010 0859917703 978-0859917704
The most comprehensive account of the story of Arthur, the Round Table and the Grail is to be found in the work known as Lancelot-Grail or the Vulgate Cycle. It tells the story of the Arthurian world from the events of the Crucifixion, where the Grail originated, to the death of Lancelot after the destruction of the Round Table. It draws in many different strands, from the pseudo-historical stories about Arthur to the romances of chivalric adventure and the spiritual quest for the Grail. It consists of five works: the longest is Lancelot, a kind of chivalric history of the Round Table, which leads into the quest for the Grail and Arthur's death. The first two books were added later, and provide an account of events up to Arthur's birth. Not long after the cycle was completed, another writer retained the first two books of the Vulgate cycle but recast the last three books with a rather different emphasis; this version is known as the Post-Vulgate Cycle, and is one of the main sources used by Sir Thomas Malory. Available as a ten volume set or a single volumes.

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Norris J. Lacy is an American scholar focusing on French medieval literature. He is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a leading expert on the Arthurian legend and has written and edited numerous books, papers, and articles on the topic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars just what my son wanted Dec 4 2012
By Diane Erwin - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a present for my son who is a writer and researcher who is developing an atlas of Arthurian legends. He is finding it very helpful, though he says the translation is sometimes based on a single meaning of a phrase that can be interpreted in several ways.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary and enjoyable, but inaccessible Dec 28 2010
By Angry Phan - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read and studied extensively about 70% of all Arthurian sources printed in English today, I was waiting expectantly for this book series to finally be published, hoping to finally gain some insight into some of the back stories of the lesser characters in Malory. I bought it for myself, as a guilty pleasure, and have not regretted the purchase, I just don't know when I'm going to have the will power or time to tackle it in the near future. I whizzed through the bottom 600 pages of Malory in about 2 weeks, and knocked out de Troyes, von Eschenbach (c.f. Death in Venice), Geoffrey, Nennius, The Mabinogeon, Gawain and the Green Knight, etc., and all the modern classics in the following month, while working full-time. But I can honestly say I've only had the heart to read the first 4 pages of the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, leaving probably 4,000 more to be read. It is dreary, slow-moving stuff, treading much of the same ground as Malory but doing so in as pedantic a manner as possible. Each story is dragged out unnecessarily to include seemingly frame-by-frame descriptions of heavenly creatures and dogmas, over and over again (I leafed through the rest of the volumes and they don't get much better). Wisely, Malory cut through all this dross and produced a flawed, but eminently readable 'studio cut' as it were of these tomes. Read Malory instead, and if you are so inclined to venture into the Doldrums of the Vulgate Cycle, do so at your own financial and psychological peril. j/k. I am glad I purchased them and will read them one day, perhaps after I get my Masters in Arthurian Studies, from Cambridge lol.

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