The Tatler; Or, Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq Volume 5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... on horseback, and who was slain by Balaain, the knight of the two swords. It is when Pelleanz attempts to revenge his brother's death upon Balaain, that he receives the dolorous stroke, by which the kingdom of Listenois is turned into "la terregastee ou la terre foraine," and from the effects of which he is maimed and can only recover when Galahad will visit him. The description, "roi de Listenois," points to the fact that the Pelleanz of the trilogy, too, must originally have been suggested by a brother of Pelles. This fundamental change in the second book of the trilogy, brought about by the introduction of a new element into the narrative, has but very slightly modified G.-D. Quest, in fact, beyond the statement attributed to the maimed king, when Galahad has come: "descouure ses cuisses, et dit ueez ci li doloreux cop que li cheualiers as deus espees fist," nothing would enable us, without the help of the second book, to recognize that the circumstances connected with the cause of the maiming are entirely different, and that the Pelleanz of the trilogy is not the Pellehan of the Estoire. It is, therefore, clearly proved that the Estoire stands alone against all other versions, in making Pelles' father and not his brother maimed king. The prophecy above quoted confirms, too, my assertion that G.-D. Quest is derived from G.-E. Quest, and that this was in every respect in harmony with the Estoire. In G.-D. Quest (compare MS 343, fol. 103c, and Portuguese MS, No. 2594, fol. 180d) Galahad alone, as here stated, sees the wonders of the grail, and then he returns to his companions, including Perceval and Boors whom he had left behind "el paleis auenturex." I have shown above that Pelles was not intended to...
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