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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


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