The Baneful Graveyard ( French: L'âtre périlleux ) is a French anonymous chivalrous novel in poetry, usually dating from the mid- 13th century . Adjoins the cycle of novels about King Arthur .
|Date of writing||mid 13th century|
The book is not without reason reckoned among the predecessors of the “ black ”, “Gothic” novel , it contains the resurrecting dead, and the widening chasm, and rising gravestones. At the center of the story are Gauvin's adventures, sometimes mysterious and intimidating. The hero has to fight against evil spirits in a night cemetery in the midst of revealing graves, etc. Among Arturov's chivalry, the sad news is that the brave Gauvin died; in reality, he is alive and well. But he decides to take advantage of this false news and sets off in search of adventure under the name of the Nameless Knight. This allows him to defeat three knights, each of whom boasts that he was the one who defeated the glorious Gowen to death.
Theme of a dismembered body
In one castle, Gauvin is allegedly shown his own hand, cut off from his dead body. This is actually about the murdered knight Courtois de Huberlan. According to M.N. Morozova, “the use of body parts as a metaphor dates back to the early Middle Ages, is politically consistent during the Carolingian era , and finally becomes especially common in the 13th century. In the Baleful Graveyard, this metaphor does not receive detailed development; the integrity of the body is important, therefore, to restore harmony, it is necessary to combine the individual parts together ”  .
- Mikhailov A.D. French knightly novel. M., 1976, p. 215-216.
- Morozova M.N. A chivalrous poetic novel in France in the 12th-13th centuries: a problem of the genre. Abstract of dissertation for the degree of candidate of philological sciences. M., 2010.S. 29.