Perceval and the Hermit: guilt, confession, and internalization in Perceval; or, The Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes


  • Sinval Carlos Mello Gonçalves UFAM/Scriptorium


Perceval, penitence, interlization.


The last tale about Perceval in Perceval; or, The Story of the Grail, by Chrétien de Troyes, narrates a process in which guilt, confession and communion – the essential elements of a new system of practices and beliefs that were at the time in the process of adoption and diffusion by Western Christian clergy – combine in a complementary way. In this model, the relationship of the Christian with himself, with his inner self, would assume a fundamental place in his constitution. The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze the episode regarding the confession of Perceval to the hermit, based on the assumption that this narrative was one of the many vectors through which this model spread through the medieval West. The emphasis being on the elements that allow us to apprehend the mechanisms of the internalization process of its protagonist, besides placing its possible readings within the doctrinal context related to sin in the twelfth century.






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