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Grail Sword (also known as the Broken Sword)


In Chretien de Troyes' 10th century work Le Conte du Graal, a wonderful sword was given as a gift to Perceval from the Fisher King. However, he was warned that the sword would break when used unless repaired by the smith Trabuchet. Unfortunately, Troyes died before he could finish the original story, and many subsequent writers wrote their own version of events. These are called "continuations".

In the first continuation written in the 12th century, Sir Gawain replaced Perceval as the main character. The man who could repair the broken sword was the greatest knight in the world and destined to learn the mysteries of the Grail. However, Gawain was unable to fulfill this task.

The second continuation was also written in the 12th century, by Wauchier de Denain. Perceval is the main character in this version. Once again only the greatest knight in the world could mend the broken sword, and Perceval was able to do so. However, the story ends before he was told the mysteries of the Grail from the Fisher King.

The third continuation was written in the 13th century, and had a heavy Christian theme due to the influence of other period works. In this version, the Fisher King was Perceval's uncle. Perceval avenged the death of the Fisher King's brother, healed the Fisher King, and after his death became the keeper of the Grail. When Perceval finally died, he took the Grail with him to heaven.

The fourth continuation was also written in the 13th century by Gerbert de Montreuil. In this version Perceval had the broken sword repaired by the smith Trabuchet. After many adventures including the siege of Montesclere in which he won the Sword with the Strange Belt, he restored the Grail Sword and received the secrets of the Grail.

In the Vulgate Cycle, the sword was carried by the son of the Fisher King, who searched for the greatest knight in the world to restore it. He met Gawain and several other knights, but none could mend the sword. He finally met Galahad, who was able to restore the broken sword. The Vulgate Cycle is an alternative perspective on Arthurian folklore.

Arthurian, England, Mythology, Sword, Weapon


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