By Wolfram von Eschenbach
Monstrous in its scope, incomparably dense in its imagery, Parzival ranks along Dante's Divine Comedy as one of many ultimate narrative works to emerge from medieval Europe.
Written within the first decade of the 13th century, Parzival is the best of the medieval Grail romances. It tells of Parzival's progress from younger folly to knighthood on the courtroom of King Arthur, and of his quest for the Holy Grail. jam-packed with incident and pleasure, the tale consists of deeds of chivalry, tournaments and sieges, courtly love and different erotic adventures. Parzival's quest turns into an ethical and religious trip of self-discovery, as he learns that he needs to repent of his prior misdeeds if he's to be triumphant. Exuberant and Gothic in its telling, in addition to profoundly relocating, Parzival has encouraged and prompted works as various as Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin, Terry Gilliam's movie The Fisher King, and Umberto Eco's Baudolino.
Cyril Edwards's positive translation additionally contains the fragments of Titurel, an elegiac offshoot of Parzival.
Readership: Readers and scholars of medieval literature, German literature, Arthurian delusion, the Holy Grail and its origins, interdisciplinary classes at the Arthurian culture.