From Ritual to Romance

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Cosimo, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Social Science - 240 pages
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From Ritual to Romance is a 1920 landmark study of anthropology and folklore that examines the roots of the King Arthur-Holy Grail legends. Jessie Weston's revolutionary theory holds that most elements of the Grail story are actually the remnants of incredibly old fertility rites -- with the lance and the cup serving as sexual symbols. Drawing on James George Frazer's seminal works on folklore, magic, and religion, Weston seeks to make connections between the legend's early pagan elements and its later Christian influences, uniting the quest for fertility with the striving for mystical oneness with God. T.S. Elliot cited this work as a major influence for his famous epic poem, "The Waste Land." JESSIE LAIDLAY WESTON (1850-1928) was an independent scholar and folklorist who specialized in mediaeval Arthurian texts.

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

I read this mostly because Eliot cited it in his notes to The Waste Land; I gather the scholarship is specious. It's certainly full of leaps of logic based on analogies: she says things like, "Given ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jon - Goodreads

A very academic analysis of the cultural and religious origins of the Arthurian Grail legend. Only of interest due to its being the inspiration for TS Eliots' The Waste Land. Read full review

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