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Gemstone of Paradise : the Holy Grail in Wolfram's "Parzival"

Author: G Ronald Murphy; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The story of the Grail, usually identified as some kind of mystical vessel, has gripped the imaginations of millions since it first appeared in several medieval romances. Of these, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Middle High German Parzival (c. 1210) is generally recognized as the most complex and beautiful. Strangely, in Parzival, the Grail is identified as a stone rather than a cup or dish. This oddity is usually seen  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Murphy, G. Ronald, 1938-
Gemstone of paradise.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005027731
Named Person: Wolfram, von Eschenbach
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G Ronald Murphy; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780195306392 0195306392 9780198041832 0198041837
OCLC Number: 318618318
Awards: Winner of *Choice* Outstanding Academic Book 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue : in the beginning : grails, the Grail, and the stars --
1. idea of the Holy Grail --
2. world of precious stones --
3. crusaders' quest : the Holy Sepulcher --
4. frame story : Feirefiz, Parzival, and their father --
5. frame story ending : the overflowing Grail --
6. Grail in the inner story --
7. paradise altar of Bamberg --
App. 1. Etymological excursus : the meaning of the five women's names --
App. 2. Two medieval texts on the consecration of the altar and the veneration of the sepulcher.
Responsibility: by G. Ronald Murphy.


Presents the story of "Parzival" that was intended as an argument against continued efforts by Latin Christians to regain the Holy Land by force. The author believes that he has discovered the altar  Read more...


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Ronald Murphy gives us more than he promises on the cover. This is not just an exploration of the Grail theme in Wolfram's startlingly original medieval rendering of the Parzival story. It ends by Read more...

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