The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail

By W. J. Stein

Translator: John M. Wood

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Temple Lodge Publishing

Temple Lodge Publishing is an independent publishing company and registered charity. Their editorial brief is to publish books that further spiritual science, or anthroposophy, as founded by the Austrian thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Some of their books are for general readers while others are more specialist, building on core concepts of anthroposophy.

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Much plagiarized and its contents distorted over the years, Stein's seminal work is a classic of original scholarly and spiritual research. In studying the central Grail narrative of Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, Stein takes a twofold approach. On the one hand he searches historical records in order to identify actual people and events hidden behind the Grail epic's veil of romance, and on the other hand he deciphers Eschenbach's hidden spiritual messages, showing Parzival to be an esoteric document containing mighty pictures of the human being's inner path of development. Stein reveals the period of the ninth century to be of more than historical and academic interest. It is the karmic ground out of which the destiny of modern times grows - the mighty battle that must take place between the powers of the Grail and the sinister anti-Grail forces at large today.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Temple Lodge Publishing
Publication Date 29 Sep 2009
ISBN 9781906999049
Number of Pages 384

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'One of the most valuable and original works on the Grail yet to appear in any language.' - John Matthews, author of The Mystic Grail. The definitive work on the historical background to the Grail Romances of the mediaeval age.' - Trevor Ravenscroft, author of The Spear of Destiny

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