23 Jan The story of Parzival – Chapter 4 – Kondwiramur
Chapter 4 Parzival & Queen Kondwiramur …
Parzival rode straightaway toward the domain of Kondwiramur, the fortress of Pelrapär in Alsace.
Under siege and guarded by many knights, the fortress harbored a population mired in starvation and misery. To Parzival, the beauty of the queen was dazzling, outshining Liaße and the other women he had met. He was deeply moved, but endeavored to be polite, not being too forward or asking too many questions, as his mentor had advised.
Parzival arranged for the famine to be alleviated, sparing the deaths of many. The queen sought to reward him with her favors, but both she and Parzival were so unlearned in love they made a mess of it. Returning to the harsh reality of their situation, Kondwiramurs implored him to save her kingdom and break the siege. The next day he went into the thick of battle, fighting with a sword for the first time. He defeated the oppressor and made him swear loyalty to the queen. There followed a feast and celebration. Everyone now expected the hero and the queen to marry, but Parzival was still confused about the intimate side of life. Only after some time, and with much fumbling, did they consummate their love.
Now Parzival was king of a devastated land, and not at all sure how to handle the riches and the power he possessed. Soon he asked his wife for leave to see how his mother Herzeleide was faring, ignorant that she had died on his departure.
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