The Holy Grail

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Overview

The Holy Grail is a subject that fascinates and intrigues, appealing to mainstream and fringe audiences alike. The phenomenal success of The Da Vinci Code demonstrates the continuing public fascination for areas where myth and historical fact cross over.

Arthurian legends and historically based dramas currently have a high profile due to the success of films such as Lord of the Rings, King Arthur, Gladiator and Troy, while the continuing popularity of the Glastonbury festival promotes a fascination with the history of Glastonbury and its relationship to the Holy Grail.

Through its various guises as magic cauldron, cornucopia, horn of plenty and chalice cup The Holy Grail has remained at the centre of popular culture since ancient times. An object of marvel and mystery it inhabits a place in mythology that has its roots in historical facts. The Grail has been a major inspiration and catalyst for literature and the arts in Western Culture. From Celtic mythology to the flowering of the medieval romances it has in many ways fulfilled its mythical role as a nurturing and regenerative vessel by providing such a rich and seemingly perpetual source of interest to writers and artists.

Charting the emergence of the story of the Grail this volume offers a revealing insight into the cultural shift from Celtic paganism to the emergence and domination of Christianity in Western Europe. The influence of Eastern mysticism emerges in the Grail romances as a result of the medieval crusades with its clash of cultures and subsequent cross-pollination of ideas. The Grail has come to symbolise the ultimate achievement in the modern mind and it became an object of fascination for the psychologist Carl Jung and the poet TS Eliot. Wagner, William Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites are just some of the artists to have fallen under its enduring spell.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904048343
  • Publisher: Pocketessentials
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Pocket Essential series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Magical Vessel 19
Pre-Christian Sources
World Mythologies
Shamanism
The Mabinogion
The Celtic Cauldron
The Cup of Christ 35
The Christian Grail
The Matter of Britain
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Wace
Chretien de Troyes
Chivalry
Courtly Love
Troubadours
Robert de Boron
The Vulgate Cycle
Parzival
Malory
Glastonbury and the Grail 53
Glastonbury
Joseph of Arimathea
Chalice Well
Underworld
Arthur and the Holy Grail 71
King Arthur
Merlin and the Grail Quest
The Sword in the Stone
Excalibur
Camelot
The Isle of Avalon
Grail Mysteries 87
The Templars
The Cathars
Rosslyn Chapel
Rennes-le-Chateau
The Turin Shroud
The Grail Revival 105
The Grail in the 18th and 19th Centuries
William Blake
Tennyson
Wagner
The Pre-Raphaelites
Aubrey Beardsley
A Modern Obsession 121
The Grail in the 20th Century
T. S. Eliot
Jung
Tolkien
T. H. White
Joseph Campbell
Hitler and the Nazis
The Cinema of the Grail 139
Representations in Film
George Lucas
Steven Spielberg
John Boorman
Monty Python
Lord of the Rings
Bibliography 157
Websites 160
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