Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur's Britain (2020)

Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur's Britain Nigel Bryant Perceforest The Prehistory of King Arthur s Britain Perceforest is one of the largest and certainly the most extraordinary of the late Arthurian romances Justly described as an encyclopaedia of th century chivalry and a mine of folkloric motifs it
  • Title: Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur's Britain
  • Author: Nigel Bryant
  • ISBN: 9781843842620
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur's Britain Nigel Bryant Perceforest is one of the largest and certainly the most extraordinary of the late Arthurian romances Justly described as an encyclopaedia of 14th century chivalry and a mine of folkloric motifs , it is the subject of rapidly increasing attention and research The author of Perceforest draws on Alexander romances, Roman histories and medieval travel writing not to menPerceforest is one of the largest and certainly the most extraordinary of the late Arthurian romances Justly described as an encyclopaedia of 14th century chivalry and a mine of folkloric motifs , it is the subject of rapidly increasing attention and research The author of Perceforest draws on Alexander romances, Roman histories and medieval travel writing not to mention oral tradition, as he gives, for example, the distinctly racy first written version of the Sleeping Beauty story , to create a remarkable prehistory of King Arthur s Britain It begins with the arrival in Britain of Alexander the Great His follower Perceforest, the first of Arthur s Greek ancestors, is made king of the island and finds it infested by the evil clan of Darnant the Enchanter Magic plays a dominant part in the adventures which follow, as Perceforest ousts Darnant s clan despite their supernatural powers He founds the knightly order of the Franc Palais , an ideal of chivalric civilisation prefiguring the Round Table of Arthur and indeed that of Edward III But that civilisation is, the author shows, all too fragile The vast imaginative scope of Perceforest I is matched by its variety of tone, ranging from tales of love and enchantment to bawdy comedy, from glamorous tournaments to unvarnished descriptions of the havoc wrought by war And the author s surprising view of pagan gods and the coming of Christianity is as fascinating as the prominence he gives to women and his understanding of how the world of chivalry should work Because of its enormous length it runs to over a million words Nigel Bryant has provided a version which gives a complete account of every episode, linking extensive passages of translation, to make a manageable and highly readable version including the previously unpublished Books Five and Six , of this remarkable and largely unexplored work Nigel Bryant has worked as a producer for BBC Radio 3 and as head of drama at Marlborough College This is his fourth major translation of medieval Arthurian romance.
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  1. Ihsan

    Put away your Tolkien and other faux medievalia this is the real thing Perceforest is a massive, incredible work, written in the early 1330s, that purports to be a history of pre Arthurian Brtitain It s also one of most overlooked books of world literature And boy is it wild This is an Arthurian legend avant Arthur, with lengthy guest appearances by Alexander the Great who hands over England to King Perceforest and Julius Caesar who jousts with knights on horseback Did I mention it also has the [...]

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