The introduction gives an overview of the corpus included in this study, Chrétien's Conte du Graal and the four verse continuations: the anonymous First or Gauvain Continuation, the Second or Perceval Continuation by Wauchier de Denain, Manessier's Third Continuation, and Gerbert's Fourth Continuation. The Perceval Continuations are then situated in relation to the larger group of Grail stories that proliferate across England and the Continent from the end of the 12th to the 15th and 16th centuries. A comparison between prose and verse rewritings highlights their differences in the contrast between centripetal and centrifugal textuality, as distinct responses to the key traits of the Conte: its enigmas, contradictions, and incongruities, its ‘and/both’ logic, its desire and deferral of ending. The introduction ends with a brief discussion of the book's organization into five chapters.
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