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First of all, by putting Diu Crone into the context of a number of Grail stories, and not just Wolfram's Parzival, he is able to show that making Gawein into the hero of a Grail romance is no great innovation.
This rehabilitation procedure is applied also to King Arthur, who in Diu Crone, so far from being that unchanging model of perfection in chivalric standards that we normally perceive him as being, is, when the poem opens, the 'injured party'in a love triangle and the butt of Guinevere's scorn, only gradually to be rehabilitated by the reflected glory of Gawein's success.
Thomas does not gloss over the difficulties of taking Diu Crone seriously, and admits that 'Modern readers [.
4807, 10777, 10933), which would make the Arthur of Diu Crone a man in his early twenties.
According to the terms of Heinrich's aside, then, Diu Crone is to be a biographical romance only in the special sense that it charts the young King's rise from a time soon after his accession up until the time of the acme of his prestige, so making the account dovetail with the already mature Arthur of Chretien, Hartmann, and others.
It is even possible that Diu Crone, in which a considerable preoccupation with the Wheel of Fortune motif is evident and where Heinrich's Gawein in a sense 'regains' for his King the favour of Fortuna that Arthur had tragically lost in the course of the Old French prose cycle, may have been designed in some sense as a riposte to the tragic Mort Artu topos.
412-20), the early stages of Diu Crone contain few suggestions that his Court had invariably found favour with that deity.