Parzival by Wolfram Von EschenbachParzival by Wolfram Von Eschenbach


byWolfram Von EschenbachTranslated byA. T. HattoIntroduction byA. T. Hatto

Paperback | November 20, 1980

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Composed in the early thirteenth century, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival is the re-creation and completion of the story left unfinished by its initiator Chrétien de Troyes. It follows Parzival from his boyhood and career as a knight in the court of King Arthur to his ultimate achievement as King of the Temple of the Grail, which Wolfram describes as a life-giving Stone. As a knight serving the German nobility in the imperial Hohenstauffen period, the author was uniquely placed to describe the zest and colour of his hero's world, with dazzling depictions of courtly luxury, jousting and adventure. Yet this is not simply a tale of chivalry, but an epic quest for spiritual education, as Parzival must conquer his ignorance and pride and learn humility before he can finally win the Holy Grail.
Wolfram von Eschenbach was the greatest of the medieval German poets. Very little is known about his life, but it is generally accepted that he belonged to a Bavarian family of lower nobility. He probably died between 1220 and 1230. A.T. Hatto has translated Tristan and The Nibelungenlied for Penguin Classics.
Title:ParzivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.77 × 5.11 × 0.84 inPublished:November 20, 1980Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140443614

ISBN - 13:9780140443615


Table of Contents

Parzival - Wolfram von Eschenbach Translated by A. T. Hatto

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Wolfram's Apology
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
An Introduction to a Second Reading
A Glossary of Personal Names
A List of Works in English for Further Reading

From Our Editors

A long time ago, before the history of the Holy Grail had been reduced to a Disney-like retelling full of knights and maidens, Wolfram von Eschenbach told a wonderful story. He brought to life a man who has no knowledge of the world around him, yet who sets out on a quest to find the Grail. Along the way he learns much, fights many battles, loses his innocence and becomes the keeper of his precious vessel. This translation of the medieval German epic poem Parzival tries to remain true to the original form and thereby maintains a feeling of mysticism and romanticism.