The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief
The elusive image of the Holy Grail has haunted the Western imagination for eight centuries. It represents the ideal of an unattainable yet infinitely desirable goal, the possibility of perfection. Initially conceived in literature, it became a Christian icon which has been re-created in a multitude of forms over time even though the Grail has no specific material attributes or true religious significance.
Richard Barber traces the history of the legends surrounding the Holy Grail, beginning with Chrétien de Troyes's great romances of the twelfth century and the medieval Church's religious version of the secular ideal. He pursues the myths through Victorian obsessions and enthusiasms to the popular bestsellers of the late twentieth century that have embraced its mysteries. Crisscrossing the borders of fiction and spirituality, the quest for the Holy Grail has long attracted writers, artists, and admirers of the esoteric. It has been a recurrent theme in tales of imagination and belief which have laid claim to the highest religious and secular ideals and experiences. From Lancelot to Parsifal, chivalric romances to Wagner's Ring, T. S. Eliot to Monty Python, the Grail has fascinated and lured the Western imagination from beyond the reach of the ordinary world.
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LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - tnilsson - LibraryThing
This is not as rousing or exiting a history as I'd hoped for given what I thought I knew about the Holy Grail from the third Indiana Jones movie and popular culture in general. But I learned a lot and ... Llegeix la ressenya completa
LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - Mary_Overton - LibraryThing
P.M. Matarasso, translator of THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL, Penguin, 2005, writes this about Richard Barber's incredibly erudite romp through Grail history: "The book which serves as the best ... Llegeix la ressenya completa
CREATING THE GRAIL
Robert de Boron
Epilogue to Part One
The Setting of the Grail
The Last Flowering
Epilogue to Part Two
The Scholars and the Grail
The Revival of the Grail
The Grail as Mirror
The Grail Today
The Question Answered?