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Brooke Heidenreich Findley - Associate Professor of French and Women's Studies, Penn State Altoona

Book Title: Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur's Britain

Author: Nigel Bryant (Translator)

Book Description:

This 14th-15th century French romance is representative of everything that excites me about studying medieval literature right now. Fantastical and whacky, it tells the story of two Palestinian princes who are installed as rulers of Great Britain by Alexander the Great, overthrown by Julius Caesar, and eventually become the ancestors of King Arthur. If this sounds like an impossible mishmash of times, places, cultures, and traditions - it is! I write and teach about books like this one because they're incredibly fun, insidiously revelatory of medieval culture's dreams and fears (and our own), and more people deserve to read them.


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