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This is the first book-length study of the origins of the Grail legend to have been undertaken by a specialist in medieval Irish literature. Drawing on a detailed reexamination of the relevant texts in Irish, Welsh, Latin and French, extensive sections of which are presented in new translations, the author argues that the roots of the Grail legend are to be sought in the lost Old Irish manuscript known as the Book of Druimm Snechtai.
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by John CareyReview:
...Ireland and the Grail not only demands to be read, it deserves a thorough response and follow-up from both converts and critics. In fact, Careys book is only one of several recent studies that focus on the Irish contribution to medieval Francophone literature...' (Matthieu Boyd, Harvard University Arthuriana 19.1, Spring 2009)
...the first credible account offered by a seriously competent student of these texts, a highly salutary and useful exercise that will provoke challenges, qualifications and corrections on individual points, but provides a working model that advances our grasp of the evolution of the early legend of the Grail far beyond the state of the question before. Further scholarship on the origins of the Arthurian legend and its literary lineages will return to this monograph as a new starting point.' (Craig R. Davis, Smith College The Medieval Review)
gives a solid background on the often ignored literary relationships between medieval Ireland and the rest of Europe.' (Antoine Minard Speculum)
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