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An ancient empire in southwest Asia, including the area from the Indus River to the west borders of Asia Minor and Egypt.

In the Vulgate Estoire del Saint Graal, Persia is ruled by King Label in Joseph of Arimathea’s time. Wolfram says that magic was invented in the city of Persida in Persia, and that Perceval’s father Gahmuret had adventures in the region.

De Ortu Waluuanii describes a war between Persia and the Roman Empire over the city of Jerusalem, in which a young Gawain, in the service of the Roman Emperor, defeated a Persian champion named Gormundus and settled the dispute.

The daughter of the King of Persia appears at a Sparrowhawk Tournament in Wirnt von Grafenberg’s Wigalois. In the Alliterative Morte Arthure and Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, the area seems to be under the command of the Roman Emperor, Lucius; Persian warriors joined Lucius’s campaign against Arthur.

Marc, grandson of Tristan, married Orimonde, daughter of the Emir of Persia.

Parzival | Wolfram von Eschenbach, 1200–1210
Wigalois | Wirnt von Grafenberg, early 13th century
Vulgate Estoire del Saint Graal | 1220-1235
De Ortu Waluuanii Nepotis Arturi | Late 13th century
Alliterative Morte Arthure | c. 1400
Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470