Lancelot en Prose (aka Lancelot du lac)

Known as the Lancelot en prose or the Lancelot du lac, the text relates the adventures of Lancelot of the Lake, who comes to serve King Arthur at his Round Table, and who falls in love with Arthur’s queen, Guinevere. Lancelot’s adventures in the service of Arthur and Guinevere are chronicled, along with the story of the circumstances of the birth of his son, Galahad. The text is the third in the Lancelot-Grail cycle, coming after the Merlin and before the Qûete de Saint Graal.

For more information on the Lancelot-Grail cycle, see the Lancelot-Grail Project.

Multiple copies of the Lancelot en prose circulated in Italy, as is evident from the list below. The Lancelot en prose often circulated independently of other works in the Lancelot-Grail cycle.

Representative Manuscripts

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr.354 (Genoa), c. 13th-14th century
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr. 16998 (Genoa), c. 13th-14th century
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr. 773 (North?), c. 13th-14th century [By Gautier Map]
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr. 767 (Tuscany), c. 13th-14th century [By Gautier Map]
Bodliean Library, ms Rawl. D. 874, summary catalog #13641, 14th centry