FIRST CLASS : QUEST VERSIONS.
Chief among these is the vast poetic compilation known as the Conte
del Graal. This mass of over 60,000 verses came into existence
between 1180 and 1235, or 1240, but we can only date with any accuracy
the section which extends from v. 1283 to v. 10,601, and is the work of
the most celebrated French poet of the twelfth Century, Crestien de Troies,
who began to write about 1150, has left a number of romances, mostly belonging
to the Arthur cycle, and who died about 1183. He himself states that he
took the story from a book given him by a Count Philip of Flanders, who
died, Crusading, in 1191, after having been Regent of France in 1180-81.
Quelle: The Legends of The Holy Grail, Alfred Nutt, London 1902, S. 5f