CRUSADE AGAINST THE GRAIL The Struggle between the Cathars the Templars and the Church of Rome Otto Rahn
CRUSADE AGAINST THE GRAIL is the book that popularised the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn's account of his thrilling explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathar sect took refuge during the 13th century. Over the years the book has been translated into many languages and exerted a large influence on, for example, Trevor Ravenscroft, author of the bestseller 'Spear Of Destiny'. It also has been cited in the bestseller 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail', but it has never appeared in English until now.
Much as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer's Iliad to locate ancient Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach's mediaeval epic 'Parzival' held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the secret location of the Holy Grail. Rahn saw Parzival not as a work of fiction but as an historical account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a 'stone from the stars'. The Crusade that the Vatican led against the Cathars became a war pitting Roma (Rome) against Amor (love), in which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the pure faith of the Cathars.
Otto Rahn is seen by many as the model for Indiana Jones. He was almost certainly murdered by the Nazis in the Tyrolean Mountains in 1939. This book is an invaluable addition to the English language Grail and Templar literature.
· Presents the history of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden in the mediaeval epic Parzival and in the poetry of the troubadours · Provides new insights into the life and death of this gifted and controversial author
KING ARTHUR AND THE GODDESS OF THE LAND The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion Caitlin Matthews
The ancient Celtic stories of the Mabinogion have received universal recognition from scholars as both sources of the Arthurian legend and keys to insights into the ancient magic of the Celtic Otherworld. Now renowned Celtic scholar Caitlín Matthews drawing on a full range of medieaval texts and ancient Welsh writings provides a fully revised and updated reader's guide to these rich and far-reaching tales. In KING ARTHUR AND THE GODDESS OF THE LAND Matthews sheds particular light on Sovereignty the Goddess of the sacred land of Britain and the spiritual principle of the Divine Feminine. Clearly revealed are the many alternate forms taken by the Goddess of the Land - including her incarnation as Morgan of Avalon who plays a dominant role in the Arthurian cycle. Also established are links between the legendary characters of the Mabinogion and their counterparts in other living myths of the Western world. Through the marriage of the Celtic kings to the Goddess of the Land the sacred contract between political rulership and responsibility for the land's well-being is dramatically revealed. In King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land Matthews once again articulates definitively the continuing relevance of ancient Celtic thought and belief as illustrated in the powerful myths and legends of ancient Britain. · Revised edition of Arthur and the Sovereignty of Britain published by Arcana that includes the author's latest research and insights. · A comprehensive reader's companion with synopsis of stories and full commentary.
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF SPAIN Their Hidden History on the Iberian Peninsula Juan Garcia Atienza
The rise and fall of the Templar Order constitutes a fundamental and decisive episode in medieval history and the destruction of the Order constitutes a pivotal point that fundamentally altered the direction of society. While much is known about the history of the Templar Order in France home of its chief commandery in Paris and in the Latin States of the Middle East their contribution to events on the Iberian peninsula has until now remained obscure and unexplored. Renowned Templar scholar Juan Garcia Atienza revels here the important role the Templars played in the Reconquista that saw the Moors driven out of Spain and demonstrates the great influence the exerted in the Kingdoms of Castille and Navarre and the territories of Catalonia and Aragon. He examines the mysterious connections between the Templars and the Cathars and troubadours as well as the mystery surrounding the location of all the Templar enclaves in the Iberian Peninsula. He also unveils the important role the Templars had as teachers of the Spanish king James I known as the conqueror whose attempt to establish a universal theocratic empire may have been a reflection of Templar ambitions and explores the Order's suppression in Spain and how it survived in Portugal by simply changing its name.
MYSTERY OF THE GRAIL Initation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit Julius Evola
In this important study of the meaning of the Grail, one of Europe's greatest esoteric philosophers discloses the pre-Christian and initiatic sourcesof this symbolic motif that is so central to Western mythology and culture.He demonstrates how the main features of the legend are are from an older tradition analogous to the great heroic sagas and cycles of the North,and that the Grail itself is a symbol of initiation. Evola uncovers the hidden meaning in the often surreal adventures of the knights who searched for the Grail, interpreting them as inner experiences and tests for theseeker. He also explores the history of the myth in the Middle Ages, its use by the Knights Templar and the Cathars, its legacy during the decline of the Holy Roman Empire, and its links with Rosicrucianism, alchemy, andMasonry. This excursion into the realm of the Grail throws new light on an endlessly fascinating subject.
Sir Gawain the nephew of King Arthur was once the most important knight at Arthur's court - a shining example of all that was best in chivalry at the time. He even outranked the famous Lancelot. Yet as the popularity of the Arthurian romances grew the character of Gawain became increasingly diminished in popular literature. John Matthews explores the phenomenon that influenced the recasting of Gawain from hero into a womanising villain providing a scholarly context through which Gawain's role as the representative of the Goddess upon Earth-the real Green Knight of Camelot and Sovereignty's Champion - may be restored. In addition the author presents a unique view of the mythology of Britain and its connections with the historical changes that took place over many hundreds of years in the religious and mystical traditions of the country.