Parzival and Titurel

Paperback | March 26, 2009

byWolfram von Eschenbach, Richard BarberTranslated byEdwards, Cyril

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Vast in its scope, incomparably dense in its imagery, Parzival ranks alongside Dante's Divine Comedy as one of the foremost narrative works to emerge from medieval Europe. Written in the first decade of the thirteenth century, Parzival is the greatest of the medieval Grail romances. It tells of Parzival's growth from youthful folly to knighthood at the court of King Arthur, and of his quest for the Holy Grail. Full of incident and excitement, the story involves deedsof chivalry, tournaments and sieges, courtly love and other erotic adventures. Parzival's quest becomes a moral and spiritual journey of self-discovery, as he learns that he must repent of his past misdeeds if he is to succeed. Exuberant and Gothic in its telling, as well as profoundly moving,Parzival has inspired and influenced works as diverse as Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin, Terry Gilliam's film The Fisher King, and Umberto Eco's Baudolino. Cyril Edwards's fine translation also includes the fragments of Titurel, an elegiac offshoot of Parzival..

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Vast in its scope, incomparably dense in its imagery, Parzival ranks alongside Dante's Divine Comedy as one of the foremost narrative works to emerge from medieval Europe. Written in the first decade of the thirteenth century, Parzival is the greatest of the medieval Grail romances. It tells of Parzival's growth from youthful folly to...

Cyril Edwards is Lecturer in German at St. Peter's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.06 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539200

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the Text and TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Parzival and Titurel in the Arthurian context (to c.1300)ParzivalTiturelExplanatory NotesListof People and PlacesGenealogy: the Grail and Arthurian Dynasties

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Review from previous edition: "Edwards has established a new benchmark for English editions of Wolfram's works, and his volume earns the right to succeed A. Hatto's translation as the standard." --Speculum, January 2006