This is Not a Grail Romance

Understanding Historia Peredur Vab Efrawc

Author(s) Natalia I. Petrovskaia

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval

  • July 2023 · 228 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781837720361
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837720378
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837720385

About The Book

This is Not a Grail Romance provides answers to some of the most important questions surrounding the medieval Welsh Arthurian tale Historia Peredur vab Efrawc, one of the few surviving medieval Welsh narrative compositions, and an important member of the ‘Grail’ family of medieval European narratives. The study demonstrates that Historia Peredur is an original Welsh composition, rather than (as previous theories have suggested) being an adaptation of the twelfth-century French grail romance. The new analysis of the structure of Historia Peredur presented here shows it to be as complex as it has always been thought – but also more formal, and the result of intentional and intricate design. The seeming inconsistencies or oddities in Historia Peredur can be understood by reading it in its medieval Welsh cultural context, allowing the modern reader a greater appreciation of both the narrative and the culture that produced it. 

The University of Wales Press gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Maartje Draak Fund from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the Utrecht University Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and of the Books Council of Wales, in publication of this book.


‘Natalia Petrovskaia’s thought-provoking and closely-argued monograph will dramatically change how we think about the medieval Welsh Peredur and about the vexed issue of its relation to Chrétien’s Perceval. It provides convincing and innovative analyses of its narrative structure, and of its indebtedness to Welsh literary, legal and cultural traditions.’

Erich Poppe, former Professor of Celtic Studies, University of Marburg


List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1: The Structure of the Narrative
Chapter 2: The Geography and Landscapes of Peredur
Chapter 3: Historical Context and the Empress
Chapter 4: Literary Context. Peredur and Some Lost Tales
Chapter 5: Peredur and Welsh Law
Chapter 6: The Witches of Gloucester and other Problematic Characters

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Natalia I. Petrovskaia

Natalia I. Petrovskaia is Assistant Professor in Celtic at Utrecht University.

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