The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief

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Harvard University Press, 2004 - 463 pàgines
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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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Revisió 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

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Revisió 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

Continguts

CREATING THE GRAIL
7
Chretien continued
27
Robert de Boron
39
The High
46
The LancelotGrail
53
Wolfram
73
Epilogue to Part One
86
The Setting of the Grail
104
The Last Flowering
198
Epilogue to Part Two
222
The Scholars and the Grail
231
The Revival of the Grail
256
The Grail as Mirror
290
The Grail Today
321
The Question Answered?
356
Epilogue
367

Obscure Histories Dubious Relics
116
The Eucharist and the Grail
135
The Holy Grail
148
The Grail Outside the Romances
167
There is a thing thats called the GraT
173
The Later
187
The Major Grail Romances 11801250
373
Use of the Term Holy Grail in Major
380
Abbreviations
412
Index
441
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