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Love this book - great analysis of the text, worth it for that alone. I think there may be an overemphasis here on the whole Bamberg Paradise Altar, or the idea of there even having been one specific inspiration for Wolfram, as his story is so packed with layers of allusions that it seems a bit of a stretch, but hey, I think everyone is allowed their own search for a real Grail, and Murphy makes a pretty strong case for his.
Who has not heard of the grail? Who does not have an image of it, perhaps as a cup or some other receptable? Who has not gathered that there is some mystery concerning it, such as it being the chalice of the Last Supper, or the bloodline of Christ, or even some angelic or alien artefact? And who has not gathered that it is something many search for but few, if any, find? What is it, where did it come from and what is its significance? Does anyone really know? It may be best to go back to basics....
Reading this book helped to rekindle my love for the Parzival epic, and also proved a surprisingly satisfying experience in itself. In this discussion of Parzival and the Holy Grail, Murphy draws on history and the rich theological vision of medieval Christendom. His proposal, that Wolfram posited a universal brotherhood of humankind as a critique of the mentality of the Crusades, is supplied with ample textual support. He demonstrates that Wolfram used the Grail to exalt the values of fidelity
Did you know that the Holy Grail was a rock?This is an analysis of a medieval account of the Holy Grail, wherein it is indeed a rock -- and as the author deduces, an altar stone, which ties it back to the main thread of Holy Grail stories. It reworks Chretain's tale with few but significant tale, and unlike Chretain's, was finished.The author goes into various themes that interplay. The stuff on gemstones is particularly neat. Do you know that absolutely perfect rubies and garnets glow in the da...