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

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The 1st English translation of the booklet that unearths the Cathar stronghold at Monts?gur to be the repository of the Holy Grail • provides the historical past 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 dying of this proficient and arguable writer campaign opposed to the Grail is the bold ebook that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. the 1st version 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 shelter throughout the thirteenth century. through the years the ebook has been translated into many languages and exerted a wide impression on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, however it hasn't ever seemed in English earlier. a lot as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to find old 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 now not 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 grew to become a warfare pitting Roma (Rome) opposed to Amor (love), within which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the natural religion of the Cathars.

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Without wishing to attenuate young Trencavel's responsibility in these events—he governed from then on in an indulgent, tolerant, and chivalrous way— we have to say that those really responsible for the bloodbath were Bishop Bernard and the King of Aragon. The nobles fired the flames of bloody vengeance in the Viscount's son only for their personal gain. The bishop did not know how to control the impetuous young man, and Alfonso II wanted to assure himself of a base of support between his County of Rousillon and his possessions in Provence without losing sight of the fact that Beziers represented an advance post facing Toulouse and Carcassonne.

Because their marriage was sterile, Abdallah, in a stupor, repudiated poor Hinda, who fled to her father's tent. Shortly thereafter, she married a man from the Amirides tribe. Abdallah sang with his harp about his unhappy love and its loss. He left his tribe to look for Hinda. He found her crying at the mouth of a well. And the happiness of seeing each other again broke their hearts. . Once the festivities were over, Richard left the Holy Land. It is not necessary for us to recount how the Austrian duke Leopold VI, whom he gravely offended one day at Akkon, imprisoned him in the castle of Durrnstein, or later when the emperor Heinrich VI locked him up in Trifels, and how he recovered his liberty.

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