Perceval: King Arthur's Knight of the Holy Grail


Classic retelling of the legend of Perceval, a knight in King Arthur's court.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $54.48   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


Classic retelling of the legend of Perceval, a knight in King Arthur's court.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This story retells the Arthurian legend of Perceval who wished to become a knight. Chretien de Troyes, who was considered the greatest of the authors of courtly romance, wrote the earliest known version in French. We follow Perceval in his adventures as he pursues his dream while making foolish mistakes, but becoming wiser along the way. He fights in battles, has encounters with maidens and the Red Knight, and eventually makes his way to King Arthur's castle where he is made a knight. In his travels he comes upon the Castle of the Grail where he observes the bleeding lance and the Fisher King with his golden cup. Perceval continues to fight battles for King Arthur's court for some years until he has a life?changing discussion with a priest. Perceval then realizes that he should have pursued answers concerning the Grail and that he should have had a life in which he had worshiped God. The last pages of the book discuss further episodes of the legend, and the "Author's Note" describes what is known about Chretien's life. It also explains how Chretien depicts three stages of Perceval's life and how each of these stages leads to the conclusion. The illustrations are beautifully detailed in egg tempura using an old technique that was practiced by medieval and Renaissance master painters from Europe and Russia.
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
A nuanced retelling of the 12th-century tale. Awed by five knights he meets near his home, a young man vows to travel to King Arthur's court. Ignoring his mother's grief over his departure, he finds plenty of action on the way, culminating in his defeat of a fearsome foe and being knighted by Arthur. Feeling remorseful, Perceval heads home to ease his mother's heart. During his travels, he comes upon a mysterious castle where he witnesses a procession in which a maiden carries an amazing goblet. Too ashamed of his ignorance to ask his sickly host about it, Perceval unwittingly condemns the man to continued suffering. This act and the discovery that his mother has died from heartbreak lead Perceval to a hermit priest who listens to his confession and helps him to find insight and peace. Spirin's illustrations are glorious. Panels were painted in egg tempera on a large gessoed board, photographed individually, and reproduced on the appropriate pages. The tones are deep and jewel-like, the detail wonderful. The artwork is like a cross between the Très Riches Heures and Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Perkins's prose is likewise a hybrid of the straightforward and the original's lapidary telling. As such, character development is not emphasized, and Perceval remains more metaphor than man. Although there is a forward thrust to the plot, events seem disconnected. Still, readers who love tales of chivalry will find this one satisfying. A beautiful addition for collections where Howard Pyle's titles or James Riordan's Tales of King Arthur (Rand-McNally, 1982; o.p.) are popular.
—Ann WeltonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453390
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)