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Parzival
By Wolfram von Eschenbach
Translated by A. T. Hatto

An epic tale of spiritual education and development!

The Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach (flor. c.1195­1225), one of the world's greatest narrative poems, is the re-creation and completion of the story of the Holy Grail that was left unfinished by its initiator, Chrétien de Troyes. Set against alternating backdrops of forbidding landscape and dazzling courtly ritual, Parzival's career, which culminates in the temple of the Grail, symbolizes chivalric life at its highest, in which the demands of God and of the world are brought together in a single ethico-religious quest.

The denseness of Wolfram's writing, as well as his quirky humour and love of burlesque contrast, are here translated by A.T. Hatto, who, in addition to providing an invaluable foreword, has also included a thoughtful and thought provoking ‘Introduction to a Second Reading’.

The cover shows f49v of manuscript Cgm 19, depicting scenes from Parzival, in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

Penguin Books
448pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 14 044361 4


See also: The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail - by Johannes Walter Stein

 




 

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