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Robert de Boron (also spelled in the manuscripts “Bouron”, “Beron”) was a French author of the late 12th and early 13th centuries, originally from the village of Boron, in the arrondissement of Montbéliard. He is the author of a prose account of the origin of the Grail which is known as the Joseph of Arimathea (Joseph d’Arimathea) and he may also be the author of its sequel, the Story of Merlin (Histoire de Merlin).

The Joseph of Arimathea and the beginning of the Story of Merlin also survive in a version in octosyllabic verse in a single manuscript. These were formerly believed to be the originals of the prose accounts. But Linda Gowans (2004) has shown that these verse accounts are actually later adaptations of the prose accounts.

These two works are thought to have been, conceptually part of a trilogy (or tetralogy) which also contained a verse Perceval, and possibly a Mort Artu (Death of Arthur). The Story of Merlin forsees that the book which is being written by Merlin’s master Blaise will be continued by Blaise to also cover the period of Arthur’s reign.

The Didot Perceval, a telling of the Perceval story similar in style and content to the previous two works, might possibly also be Robert de Boron's writing or it may be a later work invented to complete Robert’s work.

Robert de Boron is also named as author of the Book of the Grail, a work which only survives in fragments and is better known as the Post-Vulgate Arthurian Cycle or the Pseudo-Robert de Boron Cycle. But Robert de Boron was certainly not the author of this work.

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