Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle between the Cathars, by Otto Rahn

By Otto Rahn

The 1st English translation of the publication that finds the Cathar stronghold at Monts?gur to be the repository of the Holy Grail • provides the background of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden within the medieval epic Parzival and within the poetry of the troubadours • presents new insights into the lifestyles and loss of life of this proficient and debatable writer campaign opposed to the Grail is the bold ebook that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. the 1st variation seemed in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves the place the heretical Cathars sect sought safe haven throughout the thirteenth century. through the years the publication has been translated into many languages and exerted a wide effect on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, however it hasn't ever seemed in English in the past. a lot as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to find historic Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the key position of the Holy Grail. Rahn observed Parzival no longer as a piece of fiction, yet as a historic account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The campaign that the Vatican led opposed to the Cathars turned a warfare pitting Roma (Rome) opposed to Amor (love), during which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the natural religion of the Cathars.

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Yes, Sire," answered Bertran calmly. " Then Bertran de Born sang his elegy dedicated to the death of Henry, the young prince. The old King cried bitterly, and said, "Bertran, my son loved you more than anybody in the world. For the love of my son, I pardon your life. I leave you your lands and your castle. I wish to compensate the damages that you have suffered with these five hundred silver marks. Bertran, Bertran. "15 Bertran fell to the feet of the King, but got up more triumphant than ever.

Shame and honor clash, Where the courage of a steadfast man Is motley like the magpie But such a man may yet make merry, For Heaven and Hell have equal part in him. Infidelity's friend is black all over, and takes on a murky hue, While the man of loyal temper holds to the white. I shall set these marks as a challenge to women: With God as my witness I bid good women to observe restraint The lock guarding all good ways is modesty— I need not wish them any better fortune. THE GRAIL 45 If I should describe for you here completely Man and woman, as I could, It would seem to you long and boring3 Wolfram did not need to explain the roles of man and woman to the Minnesingers of his time.

The possessions of Hursio's powerful descendant were more extensive than those of the French crown; as its most important vassal, the Count of Toulouse enjoyed a semi-independent status. Along with the County of Toulouse, the Duchy of Narbonne belonged to him, a dignity that made him the first noble of France. He was the feudal lord over fourteen counts, and the troubadours compared him to an emperor: PARSIFAL 25 Car il val tan qu'en soa valor Auri' assatz ad un emperador24 ["Because he was worth in his value as much as an emperor"] They called him "the good Count Raimundo," because like them, he was a troubadour, always attentive to their worries and needs.

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