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

G. Ronald Murphy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

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 ... More


Prologue: Prologue: In the Beginning: Grails, the Grail, and the Stars

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the earliest written accounts about the Grail. It then lays out the theoretical foundations of this book. The first is to address the question of the ... More


The Idea of the Holy Grail

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter focuses on the idea of the Grail. It explains Wolfram's declaration by unfolding the nature and purpose of the stone Grail as it is found in his epic poem of Parzival, and then, based on ... More


The World of Precious Stones

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter focuses on the significance of the gemstone in Wolfram. Wolfram not only identifies the Grail as a precious stone but also uses stones to mark the inner structure of his work by ... More


The Crusaders' Quest: The Holy Sepulcher

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter argues that Wolfram's two great epics, Parzival and Willehalm, are a poet's protest against the whole notion of religious crusade, and in particular against Christian-Muslim enmity. In ... More


The Frame Story Ending: The Overflowing Grail

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter focuses on the ending of the story of Parzival. It shows that helmets, when they work effectively and because they work effectively, enable violent fighting to occur because they make ... More


The Grail in the Inner Story

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter argues that Wolfram modifies Chrétien's story in accordance with his interpretation of this journey and of the nature of its goal, the Holy Grail. It is impossible to detail every change ... More


The Paradise Altar of Bamberg

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter focuses on the (Bamberg) Paradise Altar. It is believed to be the stone that Wolfram was thinking of, or inspired by, when he came to his realization about the true nature of the Grail. ... More


Afterword: Aftermath

G. Ronald Murphy

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306392
eISBN:
9780199785025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306392.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It considers the question of whether Wolfram's concept of the Grail was understood. And whether his readers/listeners entered through the sixteen gates ... More


Ogling Ladies: Scopophilia in Medieval German Literature

Sandra Lindemann Summers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044187
eISBN:
9780813046198
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044187.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The book Ogling Ladies examines gazing female characters in a selection of medieval texts. While female scopophilia is harshly condemned in conduct literature and religious texts, female ogling is a ... More


The Use of Literary Evidence for The History of Marriage: Wolfram Von Eschenbach 1

Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205043
eISBN:
9780191676468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the use of imaginative literature as historical evidences of marriage. This chapter argues that literary pieces are not mere works of fiction but they mirror the society and ... More


The Poem: Its Background and Evolution

William Kinderman

in Wagner's Parsifal

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195366921
eISBN:
9780199344864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366921.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, History, Western

The genesis of Wagner’s Parsifal drama has deep roots, as is shown by its affinities with his first opera Die Feen, based on Gozzi’s play La donna serpente. Other sources of inspiration included an ... More


“The most handsome knight that ever lived”: female scopophilia in parzival

Sandra Lindemann Summers

in Ogling Ladies: Scopophilia in Medieval German Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044187
eISBN:
9780813046198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044187.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival is a text that was immensely popular and widely read in the Middle Ages. This chapter examines how the representation of the female gaze in this poetic work impacts ... More


‘Some have it from Birth, Some by Disposition’:<sup>1</sup> Foolishness in Medieval German Literature

Janina Dillig

in Intellectual disability: A conceptual history, 1200-1900

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781526125316
eISBN:
9781526136213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526125316.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter examines depictions of fools in Middle High German literature to demonstrate that the medieval idea of folly is more complex than a simple opposition to reason, and to ascertain if there ... More


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