Alain le Gros

by Brian Edward Rise

Named Alain le Gros. Robert de Boron identifies him as the son of Bron. He is one of the group, along with Bron and Petrus, that bear the Grail to its final resting place in the remote western Vales of Avaron or Avalon, identified with the later site of Glastonbury Abbey in central Somerset. He is the builder of Corbenic castle.

While early texts claim him a celibate, he is later, in Perlesvaus and Didot-Perceval, made the father of Percival. This contradicts the chronology, however, unlikely placing Arthur's reign just a short two generations after the arrival of Joseph of Arimathea.

The Vulgate Cycle identifies him as the first Fisher King.