One of the longest novels ever written, it exists in a few versions, some of which integrate the quest for the Holy Grail. At its heart, it is a massive prose expansion of Chrétien’s Lancelot and related tradition (Lanzelet is a useful sidekick here) that tells the whole story of Lancelot since his birth, and one of the finest examples of long-form storytelling: multiple interlaced plots, psychological depth, betrayals, moral conflicts, realistic settings, etc.

The Lancelot is usually distributed alongside with the rest of the expanded Grail cycle, preceded namely by the Estoire du Saint Graal, the Merlin, the Suite du Merlin, and followed by the Quête du Graal and Mort Artu.