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Lucifer's Court: A Heretic's Journey in Search of the Light Bringers

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HISTORY / OCCULT Otto Rahn's lifelong search for the Grail brought him to the attention of the SS leader Himmler, who shared his esoteric interests. Induced by Himmler to become the chief investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled throughout Europe--from Spain to Iceland--in the mid-1930s pursuing leads to the Grail and other mysteries. _Lucifer's Court_ is th ...more
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Published June 22nd 2011 by Inner Traditions / Bear & Company (first published 1934)
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Jan 03, 2009 Román rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro estraordinario y minoritario. Describe el viaje de Otto Rahn a aquellos pueblos y ciudades europeas en las que la herejía cátara fue guia y sendero para miles de personas Particularmente interesantes para mi como español catalán las menciones a Don Quijote, Ignacio de Loyola, Germana de Foix y Valencia, Montserrat...
Libro importántisimo por diversas razones. Absolutamente imprescindible y, para mi, de cabecera
Oct 13, 2008 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1936, un gran año para buscar el grial por los pirineos.
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May 01, 2014 Hydra Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for me to sum up my feelings about this book, because this book is a bit all over the place. It is the travel journal of Otto Rahn who was sent out in search of the Holy Grail by Heinrich Himmler at some point in the late 1930s. To say that Rahn has a "different take" on the nature and origins behind the Holy Grail than what most readers might expect would be an understatement. The grail is to him a jewel that fell to Earth from Lucifer's crown, and there is some folklore that sup ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a travelogue of Rahn's trips from France to the Arctic in search of knowledge and the Holy Grail. How much of it is thoughtful scholarship and how much is written as propaganda, I leave to you to decide. An author must write for his audience and Rahn was questing under the auspices of the SS and Himmler. Was he writing what they wanted to hear or did he find something? I guess we'll never know for sure. There is some small doubt as to whether he committed suicide, was murdered, or just d ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book from which I've learned everything that was left out of school history books - and definietly far more interesting! I really liked how Medieval history - in particular, history of heretics and inquisition - is introduced through the eyes of a true "heretic", in the concept of beliefs and mythology. This book is definietly a must-read for all the enlightened and pure. I wish I could have read it in original German, though, but I don't understand German.
May 09, 2014 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Son de esos pocos libros, que con el paso de cada capítulo te hace reflexionar, tener otra perspectiva del mundo y, te da el poder de entender que ciertas cosas y/o entidades no son lo que parecen. Reflexiono.
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Jul 27, 2011 Fiona Robson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Fascinating book and very interesting concepts. Otto Rahn was a truly fascinating individual - a real life Indianna Jones and this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Rennes Le Chateau mystery, though this is never directly referred to in the text. Good historical tales of the Cathars etc.
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Mar 04, 2012 Adriana Scarpin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quem gosta de história e mitologia
Recommended to Adriana by: ninguém
Esse homem é extraordinário, em termos de Raiders of the Lost Ark, ele é a união de Indiana, Beloq e Toth, soma-se a isso The Last Crusade, tudo ao mesmo tempo. Suicídio na Áustria? Uma pinóia. Rá!
Sep 13, 2011 Faby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
es muy interesante, un vista a la agresividad de la iglesia en ese tiempo,te envuelve desde el primer momento que lo lees
Oct 04, 2008 EdMohs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty intense and factual acount of Catharism
lots of speculation but i think it really well researched
Feb 18, 2009 Eirikir is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
It's about time someone translated this tour diary of a german, SS heritic.
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Otto Wilhelm Rahn was a German medievalist and a Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) of the SS.
From an early age, he became interested in the legends of Parsifal, Holy Grail, Lohengrin, and the Nibelungenlied. While attending the University of Giessen he was inspired by his professor, the Baron von Gall, to study the Albigensian (Catharism) movement, and the massacre that occurred at Montségur.
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