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Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's “Parzival”

G. Ronald Murphy


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 as just another mystery, further evidence of the difficulty of discerning the true sources of the Grail legend. This book seeks to illuminate this mystery and to enable a far better a ... More

Keywords: Grail, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival, sacred stone, Holy Sepulchre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306392
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195306392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Ronald Murphy, author
Georgetown University
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