Chrétien's Jewish Grail

A New Investigation of the Imagery and Significance of Chrétien de Troyes's Grail Episode Based on Medieval Hebraic Sources

Chrétien's Jewish Grail

136 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9168-1
    Published: January 1976

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The author, after analyzing textual and iconographic descriptions of the medieval Jewish Passover Seder, concludes that Chrétien de Troyes's Grail banquet (found in his romance Perceval) portrayed a Sephardic Seder. The author proves by documentary evidence the possibility of Chrétien's having been influenced by Sephardic Jewry and structurally reinterprets the Perceval in terms of the Exodus motif.