The Virgin And The Grail: Origins Of A Legend

April 11, 2005|
The Virgin And The Grail: Origins Of A Legend by Joseph Goering
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Some fifty years before Chrétien de Troyes wrote what is probably the first and certainly the most influential story of the Holy Grail, images of the Virgin Mary with a simple but radiant bowl (called a "grail" in local dialect) appeared in churches in the Spanish Pyrenees. In this fascinating book, Joseph Goering explores the links between these sacred images and the origins of one of the West''s most enduring legends.
While tracing the early history of the grail, Goering looks back to the Pyrenean religious paintings and argues that they were the original inspiration of the grail legend. He explains how storytellers in northern France could have learned of these paintings and how the enigmatic "grail" in the hands of the Virgin came to form the centerpiece of a story about a knight in King Arthur''s court. Part of the allure of the grail, Goering argues, was that neither Chrétien nor his audience knew exactly what it represented or why it was so important. And out of the attempts to answer those questions the literature of the Holy Grail was born.

Joseph Goering is professor in the department of history, University of Toronto.
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Title:The Virgin And The Grail: Origins Of A Legend
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:212 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:212 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:April 11, 2005
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300192025

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