From the most beautiful works of the medieval grail tradition: a collection of 10 masterful miniatures concerning the legendary Holy Grail

The Mystery of the Holy Grail

Paris (France); Bruges (Flanders) and others — 13th-15th cemtury

The Mystery of the Holy Grail

The Mystery of the Holy Grail

Paris (France); Bruges (Flanders) and others — 13th-15th cemtury

  1. The Holy Grail first appeared ca. 1190 in *Perceval, the Story of the Grail* by Chrétien de Troyes (ca. 1140-90)

  2. It is traditionally a chalice used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper and by Joseph of Arimathea to collect his blood after the Crucifixion

  3. The ten specimens at hand represent some of the finest works from the medieval Grail tradition

The Mystery of the Holy Grail

Alternative Titles:
  • Kassette Das Geheimnis des Grals
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
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Short Description

The Holy Grail is one of the most prominent motifs of Arthurian literature and enjoyed widespread popularity throughout medieval Europe. Although traditionally associated with a chalice that was used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper and perhaps by Joseph of Arimathea to collect his blood after the Crucifixion, the term has come to be synonymous with the search for an object that is either elusive or of great significance. After first being introduced by Chrétien de Troyes in an unfinished romance, the Holy Grail has appeared in the Arthurian tales of other authors. The Holy Grail has been alternately described as a bowl, dish, or stone in these versions. Fascination with the Holy Grail continues to this day, with popular conspiracies connecting it to the Knights Templar, Cathars, and various secret societies.

The Mystery of the Holy Grail

The legend of King Arthur was one of the most popular and influential in medieval Europe. The mythical monarch supposedly led the resistance of the native Britons against the invading Saxons in the 5th and 6th centuries. There are countless folktales associated with Arthur, but the most authoritative version was written by Geoffrey of Monmouth and included in his History of the Kings of Britain, written in the 1130’s. Arthur and his famous Knights of the Round Table became paragons of chivalry during the Middle Ages, and manuscripts with Arthurian legends often contain detailed depictions of medieval court culture, making them valuable cultural-historical sources. One of the common themes was their quest for the Holy Grail, an object of even greater mythical and symbolic value than the residents of Camelot, which first appeared ca. 1190 in Perceval, the Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes (ca. 1140-90) Arthurian legends enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the 19th and 20th centuries, inspiring various modern adaptations as well as organizations promoting Arthur as an exemplar of behavior in the modern world. The ten specimens at hand represent some of the finest works of art from this medieval literary tradition:

  1. “Lancelot und Galeholt at the Castle of Isle Perdue”, 1450-1485

  2. “Merlin‘s Birth and Baptism”, 1480/85

  3. “Knights at the Roundtable”, ca. 1470

  4. “King Arthur as a Good Host”, ca. 1470

  5. “The Wedding of King Arthur and Guinevere”, 1450--1468

  6. “Gallahad is Knighted”, 1463

  7. “Meliadus Meets the King of Scotland”, ca. 1450

  8. “Lancelot and Guinevere”, early-14th century

  9. “Parzival, Condwiramur, and Feirefiz”, 1250-1270

  10. “The Knights’ Return from Battle”, 1425—1450

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Kassette Das Geheimnis des Grals
Date
13th-15th cemtury
Illustrations
10 miniatures
Content
Ten leaves from important manuscripts

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „The Mystery of the Holy Grail“

Kassette Geheimnis des Grals
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
The Mystery of the Holy Grail – Several Owners
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Kassette Geheimnis des Grals

1 volume: 10 leaves under passe-partouts: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 2004
Limited Edition
1995 copies
Binding
Box
Commentary
1 volume
Language: German
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