The Holy Grail

History and Legend

Juliette Wood

The Holy Grail

Juliette Wood

Distributed for University of Wales Press

160 pages | 8 halftones | 5 x 7 1/2 | © 2012
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780708325254 Will Publish October 2019 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.

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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

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