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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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"The Grail Legend is a beautifully sustained application of Jungian theory to a whole story rather than merely to isolated motifs or archetypes. The work is far better researched than many other Jungian studies, and is written with a spritely, charming touch. A delightful volume."--Robert Segal, University of Lancaster, editor of Jung on Mythology and The Gnostic Jung

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword7
IIntroduction9
IIPerceval's Early History, according to Chretien de Troyes39
IIIThe Defeat of the Red Knight and the Meeting with Blancheflor52
IVPerceval's First Visit to the Grail Castle66
VThe Sword and the Lance79
VIPerceval's Task98
VIIThe Central Symbol of the Legend: The Grail as Vessel113
VIIIThe Grail as Stone142
IXThe Table, the Carving Platter and the Two Knives161
XThe Continuation of Perceval's Quest173
XIThe Suffering Grail King187
XIIThe Figure of Gauvain; Perceval's Return to Christianity213
XIIIGauvain's Adventures228
XIVPerceval's Further Adventures253
XVThe Redemption of the Grail Kingdom; Perceval's End290
XVIRobert de Boron's Roman de l'Estoire dou Graal302
XVIIThe Problem of the Trinity317
XVIIIThe Figure of Adam331
XIXThe Trinity: The Problem of the Fourth338
XXThe Figure of Merlin347
XXIMerlin as Medicine Man and Prophet357
XXIIMerlin and the Alchemical Mercurius367
XXIIIMerlin's Solution of the Grail Problem379
XXIVThe Disappearance of Merlin390
Bibliography401
Index419

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691002378
Other:
Jung, Emma
Author:
von Franz, Marie-Louise
Author:
Jung, Emma
Author:
Franz, Marie-Louise Von
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Grail
Subject:
Psychology in literature
Subject:
Knights and knighthood in literature
Subject:
Grail -- Legends.
Subject:
Quests
Subject:
British literature.
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 Illus.
Pages:
452
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 28 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "The Grail Legend is a beautifully sustained application of Jungian theory to a whole story rather than merely to isolated motifs or archetypes. The work is far better researched than many other Jungian studies, and is written with a spritely, charming touch. A delightful volume."--Robert Segal, University of Lancaster, editor of Jung on Mythology and The Gnostic Jung
"Synopsis" by , 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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