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The grail legend
Jung, Emma.
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Graalslegende in psychologischer Sicht. English
Second edition.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998.

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452 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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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.

Author Notes

Emma Jung was a life-long student of Arthurian mythology, and the author of Animus and Anima . Marie-Louise von Franz , who passed away in 1998, made major contributions to Jungian analysis and the study of myth. Her many books include Individuation in Fairy Tales, Number and Time, and Puer Aeternus. She is also coauthor of Man and His Symbols .

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
I Introductionp. 9
II Perceval's Early History, according to Chretien de Troyesp. 39
III The Defeat of the Red Knight and the Meeting with Blancheflorp. 52
IV Perceval's First Visit to the Grail Castlep. 66
V The Sword and the Lancep. 79
VI Perceval's Taskp. 98
VII The Central Symbol of the Legend: The Grail as Vesselp. 113
VIII The Grail as Stonep. 142
IX The Table, the Carving Platter and the Two Knivesp. 161
X The Continuation of Perceval's Questp. 173
XI The Suffering Grail Kingp. 187
XII The Figure of Gauvain; Perceval's Return to Christianityp. 213
XIII Gauvain's Adventuresp. 228
XIV Perceval's Further Adventuresp. 253
XV The Redemption of the Grail Kingdom; Perceval's Endp. 290
XVI Robert de Boron's Roman de l'Estoire dou Graalp. 302
XVII The Problem of the Trinityp. 317
XVIII The Figure of Adamp. 331
XIX The Trinity: The Problem of the Fourthp. 338
XX The Figure of Merlinp. 347
XXI Merlin as Medicine Man and Prophetp. 357
XXII Merlin and the Alchemical Mercuriusp. 367
XXIII Merlin's Solution of the Grail Problemp. 379
XXIV The Disappearance of Merlinp. 390
Bibliographyp. 401
Indexp. 419