The Holy Grail: History, Legend and Symbolism

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The Grail legend is the centerpiece of Arthurian literature, and this classic work by the renowned scholar Arthur Edward Waite ranks among the most informative and profound books ever written on the subject. While the myths surrounding the Holy Grail are seemingly in harmony with orthodox religion,  Waite reveals that beneath their pious surface, they are as subversive as any other form of mysticism — illustrating the symbolic nature of doctrinal teachings, no more intended for ...
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The Grail legend is the centerpiece of Arthurian literature, and this classic work by the renowned scholar Arthur Edward Waite ranks among the most informative and profound books ever written on the subject. While the myths surrounding the Holy Grail are seemingly in harmony with orthodox religion,  Waite reveals that beneath their pious surface, they are as subversive as any other form of mysticism — illustrating the symbolic nature of doctrinal teachings, no more intended for literal interpretation than is any fiction. With this informative study, Waite restores the full and true meaning of the knightly quests for honor and adventure as journeys of the soul.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486452791
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Series: Dover Books on the Occult
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 840,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


CONTENTS
PREFACE
 INTRODUCTION BY JOHN C. WILSON
BOOK I
THE HOLY VESSEL AND ITS LITERATURE
I. SOME ASPECTS OF THE GRAIL LEGEND  
II. EPOCHS OF THE LEGEND  
III. THE LITERATURE OF THE CYCLES  
IV.  FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS RESPECTING THE SEVERAL GROUPS 011 TEXTS 
BOOK II
THE HOLY GRAIL IN ITS MANIFESTATION AND REMOVAL
I. THE KEYNOTES OF GRAIL HISTORIES AND QUESTS 
II. THE INSTITUTION OF THE HALLOWS  
III. VARIATIONS OF THE CUP LEGEND  
IV. THE GRAIL VESSEL CONSIDERED AS A BOWL OF PLENTY 
V. THE LESSER HALLOWS OF THE LEGEND  
(a) The Summary of these Matters  
(b) Legends of the Sacred Lance  
(c) The Broken Sword.  
(d) The Dish  
VI. THE CASTLE OF THE HOLY GRAIL  
VII. THE KEEPERS OF THE HALLOWS  
VIII.  THE PAGEANTS IN THE QUESTS 
IX.  THE ENCHANTMENTS OF BRITAIN, THE TIMES CALLED ADVENTUROUS AND THE WOUNDING OF THE KING 
X. THE SUPPRESSED WORD AND THE MYSTIC QUESTION 
XI. THE HEALING OF THE KING
XII. THE REMOVAL OF THE HALLOWS  
BOOK III
WE CONTE DEL GRAAL
I. PRELIMINARY TO THE WHOLE SUBJECT  
II. THE POEM OF CHRETIEN ~E TROYES  
III. THE EXTENSION OF WAUCHIER 
IV. THE CONCLUSION OF MANESSIER  
V. THE ALTERNATIVE SEQUEL OF GERBERT  
VI.  IN WHICH MONSEIGNEUR GAWAIN IS CONSIDERED BRIEFLY AS A COMPANION OF THE HOLY QUEST 
BOOK IV
THE CYCLE OF ROBERT DE BORRON
1. THE METRICAL ROMANCE OF JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA 
II. THE LESSER HOLY GRAIL  
III. THE EARLY HISTORY OF MERLIN  
IV. THE DIDOT-MoDENA PERCEVAL  
CONTENTS
BOOK V
THE VULGATE CYCLE OF THE HOLY GRAIL
I. THE GREAT BOOK OF THE HOLY GRAIL AND, IN THE FIRST PLACE,
CONCERNING THE PROLOGUE 
II. A  NEW CONSIDERATION CONCERNING THE BRANCHES ·OF THE
CHRONICLE
III. THE MINOR BRANCHES OF THE CHRONICLE  
IV. THE VULGATE MERLIN  
V. THE GREAT PROSE LANCELOT
VI.  A PREFACE OR INTRODUCTORY PORTION APPERTAINING TO ALL THE QUESTS VII. THE QUEST OF THE HIGH PRINCE 
VIII. THE WELSH QUEST OF GALAHAD  
BOOK VI
OTHER AND LATER TEXTS OF THE GRAIL LEGEND
I. THE LONGER PROSE PERCEVAL
II. THE HUTH MERLIN 
III. THE PROPHECIES OF MERLIN.
IV. THE GRAIL IN THE TRISTRAM LEGEND
V. SONE DE NAUSAY
VI. VESTIGES OF THE GRAIL IN ITALY
VII. SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE QUESTS
VIII.  THE DUTCH LANCELOT
BOOK VII
THE GERMAN CYCLE OF· THE HOLY GRAIL
I. THE PARZIVAL OF WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH
II. THE QUEST OF KYOT DE PROVENCE
III. THE CROWN OF ALL ADVENTURES
IV. THE TITUREL OF ALBRECHT 
V. THE GRAIL IN DESECRATION 
BOOK VIII
WELSH AND ENGLISH TEXTS
I. THE WELSH PERCEVAL
II. THE ENGLISH METRICAL ROMANCE OF SYR PERCYVELLE 
BOOK IX
CRITICAL APPARATUS IN RESPECT OF THE GRAIL CYCLES:
CELTIC HYPOTHESIS
I. THE ANTECEDENTS OF THE LEGEND IN FOLK-LoRE. 
II. THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE GRAIL LITERATURE. 
III. THE HOLY GRAIL IN THE LIGHT OF THE CELTIC CHURCH 
(a) POSSIBLE ORIGINAnNG CENTRE OF THE WHOLE MYSTERY.
(b) THE FORMULJE OF THE HYPOTHESIS SCHEDULED 
(c) IN WHAT SENSE THE PLEA MUST BE HELD TO FAIL 
(4) THE VICTORY OF THE LATIN RITE
CONTENTS
BOOK X
FURTHER CRITICAL APPARATUS: THE SCHOOLS, THE
CHURCHES, AND THE SECTS
I. CHRONOLOGICAL SKETCH OF THE CRITICAL LITERATURE
II. THE CLAIM IN RESPECT OF TEMPLAR INFLUENCE
III. THE SECTS OF SOUTHERN FRANCE
BOOK XI
FURTHER CRITICAL APPARATUS: THE RITUAL HYPOTHESIS
I. THE GRAIL AND ELEUSIS
II. THE GRAIL AND THE MYSTERIES OF ADONIS
III. THE GRAIL AS A MYSTERY OF INITIATION
IV.  ISRAEL AND ITS HOLY ASSE:MBLY
V. OF SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY
VI. ANALOGIES OF QUEST IN MASONRY. .
VII. THE SECRET CHURCH OF ECKARTSHAUSEN
VIII. SUMMARY
BOOK XII
THE SECRET OF THE HOLY GRAIL
I. LATER INTIMATIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP 
II. A FURTHER REVIEW OF THE QUESTS
III. A PRELIMINARY EXCURSUS CONCERNING THE GREAT EXPERIMENT 496
IV .THE SECRET SCHOOL
V. THE CONCLUSION OF THIS HOLY QUEST 
VI. EPILOGUE  
APPENDICES
I. ADDITIONAL NOTES AND EXTENSIONS  
II. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY GRAIL  
INDEX

 

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    Thirsting for esoteric knowledge, I set forth to read The Holy G

    Thirsting for esoteric knowledge, I set forth to read The Holy Grail: History, Legend and Symbolism by Arthur Edward Waite. It's one of the most obtuse books I’ve ever encountered.

    On page 18, we have the following sentence: “The literature which enshrines this Mystery, setting forth the circumstances under which it was from time to time discovered and, in fine, its imputed removal, with all involved thereby, is one of such considerable dimensions that it may accurately described as large.” Oh my Gawd! That’s what I call writing.

    Undaunted, I drilled down to page 480, where all was revealed. To paraphrase the learned Waite: The Grail itself is the manifestation of God. The quest for the Grail is the search for God, as well as presentation of the Christian life as perceived by a 13th century mind. Galahad is God’s own minister, charged with a mission which is far beyond his personal concern. It says so, right here in "Book XII: The Secret of the Holy Grail."

    Ah, now I understand.

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