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The Legend of Parzival

The Epic Story of his Quest for the Grail

July 2018
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    27th July 2018
  • ISBN 9781782504962
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 5.4" x 8.5"

Enter the extraordinary world of Arthurian legend in an adventure overflowing with knightly chivalry, the danger of jousting and the warmth of true love. But the Legend of Parzival is more than the tale of one knight's epic journey to find the elusive Holy Grail; along the way Parzival faces a challenging journey of self-discovery. He must conquer his ignorance and pride, and learn humility and compassion before he is finally worthy of becoming a Grail Knight.

This accessible prose retelling of the medieval German epic brings the wonderful story of the Arthurian knight (known variously as Parzival, Parsifal and Percival) to life for today's readers, while faithfully preserving the story, characters and tone of Wolfram von Eschenbach's thirteenth century narrative poem.

In Steiner–Waldorf education, Parzival's quest is seen as a metaphor for the difficult journey through life, which speaks strongly to the adolescent, and its study is at the heart of the Class 11 curriculum. As a hugely experienced Steiner-Waldorf teacher, Robin Cook's engaging retelling will provide valuable inspiration for other teachers and students, as well as enjoyment and enrichment for all readers.

“An excellent introduction.... [Robin Cook] has remained faithful to the original plot, structure...and themes and has attempted to make Eschenbach's work accessible to the modern reader, however, he hopes his version will inspire the reading of Parzival in its original, poetic form. Having read this book, I was indeed inspired to do just that.”

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Robin Cook

Robin Cook was a Steiner-Waldorf teacher for more than thirty years. Now retired, he lectures on the Arthurian legends and the story of Parzival.