The Red Knight

May 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Parsifal (Perceval, Percival) of Chrétien de Troyes, becomes a red knight after defeating the Red Knight. On one of his early travels, Parsifal meets a knight in red armour; the knight is riding on a black horse with trappings and furniture in red. He fights the Red Knight and kills him, taking over his horse and his armour.

A Red Knight is the knight who has mastered the steed and defeated the monster. He is clothed in red garments, because he has come through war and sacrifice, sublimated through every possible trial, now deserving of ultimate transmutation (gold).

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