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The Mythical Quest: In search of adventure, romance & enlightenment

Image of Galahad, Perceval and Bohors carry the silver case containing the Holy Grail to the Spiritual Palace at Sarras

Galahad, Perceval and Bohors carry the silver case containing the Holy Grail to the Spiritual Palace at Sarras. A crippled beggar, miraculously cured, leaps up to help them. From La Queste del Saint Graal France; circa 1316
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Throughout the world, tales have always been told of heroes and heroines embarking on perilous quests in search of lost loved ones, the secret of immortality, earthly paradise or simply great riches.

Many of these stories have elements in common, such as clashes with monsters, battles with the elements, interventions by the gods and tests of moral character, mental cunning and physical strength. These tales have been expressed in songs, literature, art and dance for thousands of years, and are still being reinterpreted today in books, comic strips, interactive games and adventure films.

In The Mythical Quest you will find stories depicted in works that reflect the fascination over four thousand years with the search for true love, everlasting glory and spiritual enlightenment.

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The exhibition contained more than 200 visually attractive manuscripts, printed books from the incomparable collections of The British Library, supplemented with works of art on loan from other major national institutions. Exhibits ranged in date from the second millennium BC to the present, from Babylonian clay tablets to the most recent computer games.

An accompanying events and education programme included gallery talks, lectures, storytelling sessions, and videos. There was also a children's trail and a film series, generously supported by the Railway Community Network and North London Railways. A range of books and related products on sale in our Shop, include The Mythical Quest, an illustrated anthology of myths and legends from around the world brought together by Rosalind Kerven and British Library curators and introduced by Penelope Lively.

 
 
 
Discover more:
The Mythical Quest
Quest for the Holy Grail Quest for the Holy Grail
Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece
Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor
Tale of Cupid and Psyche Tale of Cupid and Psyche
Rama's Quest for Sita Rama's Quest for Sita
Legendary Journeys of Alexander the Great Legendary Journeys of Alexander the Great
Journey to the West Journey to the West
 

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