The Romance of Perceval
This is the tale of a young man who is purposely sheltered from knightly activities by his
mother so he will not want to become a knight. Despite her efforts, Perceval encounters
knights in a forest, and thinking at first they are angels (or even God), he longs to
become a knight, too. Due to his sheltered childhood, he is ignorant of knightly
manners, and his lack of knowledge makes him look foolish at times. Perceval's
enthusiasm and desire to learn help compensate for this foolishness, and despite his
naivete, he becomes one of the most successful of Arthur's knights, the Forrest Gump
of medieval romance.
Perceval goes to Arthur's court to be knighted and to obtain armor and weaponry.
However, he does not want ordinary armor, but the armor of the Red Knight, Arthur's
enemy. In a sarcastic tone, Sir Kay tells Perceval to go and take the armor from the
knight. They are astounded when he returns with the armor, and he earns their respect
and his knighthood. Perceval leaves the court to go adventuring, and he sends the
knights he conquers back to Arthur so they can serve Arthur and boast about him.
During one of his adventures, Perceval meets the Fisher King, the guarder fo the Grail.
Perceval is unaware of the importance of this man, and he has recently learned not to
question everything. So, the once inquisitive knight fails to question the ownership of
the Grail and the other mysteries. Perceval quickly learns of his grave mistake, and he
vows to quest for the Grail for the rest of his life.