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The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief
The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief Richard Barber 0674013905 9780674013902 The elusive image of the Holy Grail has haunted the Western imagination for eight centuries. It represents the ideal of an unattainable yet infinitely
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The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief by Richard Barber

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 Chreacute;tien de Troyess great romances of the twelfth century and the medieval Churchs 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 Wagners Ring, T. S. Eliot to Monty Python, the Grail has fascinated and lured the Western imagination from beyond the reach of the ordinary world.

Author: Richard Barber

Language: English

Edition: 1st U. S.

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 464

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2004-04-09

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ISBN: 0674013905


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