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From Ritual to Romance

By Weston, Jessie L.

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Title: From Ritual to Romance  
Author: Weston, Jessie L.
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, England, Arthurian
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press


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L, W. J. (1920). From Ritual to Romance. Retrieved from

Description: At the advanced age of 70, Jessie Weston, who had spent decades immersed in the Arthurian canon, wrote this relatively short book to attempt to explain the roots of the legend of the Holy Grail. She enumerates the seemingly inexplicable elements of the quest--The Fisher King, The Wasteland, the Chapel Perilous, and the Grail Cup itself--and ties them to the symbols and initiatory rites of the ancient mystery religions. She also attempts to identify the author and locality of the tale. Her thesis still inspires heated controversy among academics. It is also claimed that T.S. Elliot's The Wasteland was based on this book, although this has been questioned. One thing is certain; although this book is one of the bullet-points of 20th century culture, probably very few have read and understood it in its entirety. Written in a formal academic style, with extensive passages in a dozen different languages, From Ritual to Romance is frankly a tough, but ultimately very rewarding read.


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