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The story of Perceval originated in the late twelfth century when Chrétien de Troyes, the premier poet of that era, wrote romances for the courts of Marie of Champagne and Philip of Flanders. Chrétien's version, although unfinished, inspired a multitude of variants that followed immediately afterward.
Young Perceval, awed by five knights from King Arthur's Round Table, decides that he, too, wants to become a knight. After training for a short while, he quickly achieves his goal, defeating many an enemy and sending them back to King Arthur's court. During his travels, he stumbles upon a mysterious castle inhabited by an ailing king. There he witnesses an unusual procession of maidens and pages who are escorting a dazzling cup to a secret chamber. When Perceval is afraid to ask the one question that would relieve the king from his suffering, he discovers that there's more to being a knight than mastering the arts of chivalry. There is a higher, divine calling, which Perceval, with the aid of a hermit, finally realizes. Author and illustrator notes are included.
Russian-born painter Gennaly Spirin used an ancient technique, similar to that in creating icons, to prepare canvas over a piece of wood with ten layers of gesso before painting it with egg tempura. The remarkable result enhances and heightens the drama of this timeless tale about "the wisest fool who ever lived."
About the Author: John Perkins and Gennady Spirin live with their families in Princeton, New Jersey.
Title: Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy ...
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp.
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2007. Book Condition: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP86596238
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2007. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP97362075
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0761453393I5N10
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0761453393I3N10
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Bookseller Inventory # G0761453393I3N10
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0761453393I5N00
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2823442197
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0761453393
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corporation, Tarrytown, NY, 2007. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Spirin, Gennady (illustrator). 2nd Printing. 37 pp, glossy blu boards w/color illustrated front & rear panels w/orange lettering, small color circle illustration on the endpapers. The book retells the Athurian legend of Perceval, a foolish and impatient boy who realizes hsi dream of becoming a great knight, but meets with misfortune when he forgets to pray and serve God. Size: 4to - over 11" - 13" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 049150
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 0761453393. Bookseller Inventory # IM159737