In Quest of the Holly Graal

In Quest of the Holly Graal

by Sebastian Evans LL.D.


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In Quest of the Holly Graal by Sebastian Evans LL.D.

A mystery from the first has enshrouded the Legend of the Graal. That the Graal was intended in some way to typify the Sacrament of the Holy Communion is abundantly clear from a thousand passages in the various versions of the story. All beyond this primary indication is indefinite, shadowy, impalpable. Yet we feel as we read that the words employed are intended to convey some deeper meaning than the fiction bears on the face of it.
The romance is more than a romance. It is also a secret written in cipher. Its mysticism is as marked as its mystery. Throughout, there is a continual suggestion of hidden meanings, a recurrent insistence on things seen as types and symbols of things unseen. When Malory tells us that "thistory of the Sancgreal is chronycled for one of the truest and the holiest that is in thys world," or an earlier poet that it was written by the hand of Our Lord Himself, it is clear that they meant to draw a clear line of demarcation between this story and the older secular romances of Arthur and his knights. But wherein lies the difference between them? What is the key of the cipher?
What is the Presence that haunts and hints at every turn in the path that lies through the hallowed ground?
So much, indeed, is common to all versions of the legend. The superiority of spiritual to temporal knighthood is insisted on as strongly by Malory as by the writer of the High History. But, read in this light, surely the pedigree of Perceval here given offers no impenetrable mystery? His mother is Yglais. Whose son was the hero of a spiritual romance likely to be, if not of holy Mother Church? The very word itself is simply one medieval way of spelling the modern French église. Here, at least, the author has no desire to conceal his meaning. Who Perceval himself may be, he leaves to be inferred from his history, but he will leave no room for doubt that he is a son of Mother Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781071700
Publisher: Old Book Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Sebastian Evans was born on 2 March 1830 in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, the youngest son of Arthur and Anne Dickinson Evans. Evans's father, an Anglican clergyman, master of the local grammar school, and prolific writer of prose and poet-ry, educated his children himself and communicated his energy and taste for the arts to more than one. John Evans, his brother, became an eminent geologist, archaeologist, and numismatist, served as president of many scientific societies, and was eventually knighted. His sister, Anne Evans, long an invalid, wrote poetry and music; a volume of her works was published posthumously in 1880, with a memoir by Anne Ritchie, Thackeray's daughter.
In 1849 Sebastian Evans won a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. in 1853. He earned an M.A. in 1857, the year of his marriage to Elizabeth Goldney.

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