By Wolfram von
Translated by A. T. Hatto
An epic tale of spiritual education and
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
ISBN: 0 14 044361 4
The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail
- by Johannes Walter Stein
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