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Malorys Grail Seekers and Fifteenth-Century English Hagiography Alfred Robert Kraemer

Malorys Grail Seekers and Fifteenth-Century English Hagiography

Alfred Robert Kraemer

Published November 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780820441238
Hardcover
144 pages
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Malorys version of the Grail Quest in The Morte Darthur presents several difficulties for scholars, most important, whether it should be read as a chivalric romance or as a theological treatise like its source, the French Queste. This studyMoreMalorys version of the Grail Quest in The Morte Darthur presents several difficulties for scholars, most important, whether it should be read as a chivalric romance or as a theological treatise like its source, the French Queste. This study looks at a popular fifteenth-century English genre - the saints lives - and shows that Malorys Grail story reads very much like the saints lives written by Lydgate, Capgrave, and Bokenham, which satisfied the same readership that Malory enjoyed. As Vinaver observed, Malorys Grail story had -more in common with the lives of saints- than with chivalric romance.