The Grail Legend

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Princeton University Press, 1998 - 452 pages
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The Holy Grail and its quest is a legend that has had a powerful impact on our civilization and culture. The Grail itself is an ancient Celtic symbol of plenty as well as a Christian symbol of redemption and eternal life, the chalice that caught the blood of the crucified Christ. The story of the Grail sheds profound light on man's search for the supreme value of life, for that which makes life most meaningful.

Writing in a clear and readable style, two leading women of the Jungian school of psychology present this legend as a living myth that is profoundly relevant to modern life. We encounter such universal figures as the Fool (the naive young Perceval), the Wise Old Man (the Hermit Gornemanz), the Virgin Maiden (Blancheflor), the Loathly Damsel, and such important themes as the Waste Land, the Trinity, and the vessel of the Grail. Weaving together narrative and interpretation, the authors show us how the legend reflects not only fundamental human problems but also the dramatic psychic events that form the background of our Christian culture. Emma Jung--analyst, writer, and wife of the famous psychologist C. G. Jung--researched and worked on this book for thirty years, until her death in 1955. Marie-Louise von Franz, also eminent in the field of depth psychology, completed the project.

  

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Contents

Introduction
9
Percevals Early History according to Chretien de Troyes
39
The Defeat of the Red Knight and the Meeting with Blancheflor
52
Percevals First Visit to the Grail Castle
66
The Sword and the Lance
79
Percevals Task
98
The Central Symbol of the Legend The Grail as Vessel
113
The Grail as Stone
142
The Redemption of the Grail Kingdom Percevals End
290
Robert de Borons Roman de lEstoire dou Graal
302
The Problem of the Trinity
317
The Figure of Adam
331
The Trinity The Problem of the Fourth
338
The Figure of Merlin
347
Merlin as Medicine Man and Prophet
357
Merlin and the Alchemical Mercurius
367

The Table the Carving Platter and the Two Knives
162
The Continuation of Percevals Quest
173
The Suffering Grail King
187
The Figure of Gauvain Percevals Return to Christianity
213
Gauvains Adventures
228
Percevals Further Adventures
253
Merlins Solution of the Grail Problem
379
The Disappearance of Merlin
390
Bibliography
401
Index
419
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About the author (1998)

Jung was a life-long student of Arthurian mythology.

Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) was the foremost student of C. G. Jung, with whom she worked closely from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, she published widely on subjects including alchemy, dreams, fairy tales, personality types, and psychotherapy.

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