The Holy Grail

History and Legend

Juliette Wood

Juliette Wood

Distributed for University of Wales Press

125 pages | 8 halftones | 5 x 7 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780708325247 Published November 2012 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Though only noted briefly in the Bible as the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper, the Holy Grail has over the centuries become the centerpiece of a rich tapestry of history, myth, and legend, to the point where its very name now symbolizes an elusive, perhaps unattainable goal. The Holy Grail: History and Legend provides a comprehensive cultural and historical introduction to grail literature, tracing the grail from its first appearance in medieval romance through its transformation into an object of mystical significance in contemporary literature and film. It is a journey rich with holy relics; poets, novelists, and knights; outlandish speculation, and serious thought.

Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. The Sources of the Grail Romances
2. The Characters in the Grail Quest
3. Visions of the Grail
4. From Wales to Glastonbury
5. Secret Grails and Hidden Messages
6. Chapels, Monuments and Relics
Conclusion

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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