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Cruciada împotriva Sfântului Graal - Lupta dintre catari, templieri şi Biserica Romei

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The first English translation of the book that reveals the Cathar stronghold at Montségur to be the repository of the Holy Grail

• Presents the history of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden in the medieval epic Parzival and in the poetry of the troubadours

• Provides new insights into the life and death of this gifted and controversial author

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Softcover, 241 pages
Published 2010 by Editura Curtea Veche (first published 1933)
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Karolinde (Kari)
Otto Rahn is listed as one of the possible influences for Indiana Jones. This fact is what drew me to search out his works. I was intrigued to know more about the man and his work that drew the attention of the Nazi mystics.

On one hand, I was not disappointed. I am never disappointed when I learn something new or discover an area that I would like to learn more about. I was not familiar with the Cathars or the poetry and culture of southern France. Having said that, the work itself is rambling
While I enjoyed Rahn's speculations—reminiscent, methodologically speaking, of Robert Graves' mythopoetic discourses—about possible Greek, Phocian, and Phoenician influences on the grail legends of Occitania, his account of the familiar story of the Albigensian Crusades was incredibly tedious, and offered little to distinguish it beyond an ill-informed notion of the troubadours as celibate ascetics and a curious enthusiasm for Catharism as a belief system. One can easily sympathize with the plig ...more
This is primarily a history of the Cathars and the Troubadour movement (but not the Templars, despite the subtitle of this version), as well as the Occitan civilisation, and detailing the Cathar beliefs, and their destruction in the Albigensian Crusade (as well as some choice comments on the Inquisition - Rahn was apparently strongly anti-Catholic). Apparently, it was one of the first commonly available histories of the subject when it came out in the 30s, and the translation is reasonably well ...more
Otto Rahn was a good scholar for his time. I think many of his conclusions came from what he wanted to find and the pressure he was getting from his sponsors (Himmler's SS). This book is Rahn's research into the Holy Grail mythos. It is a great work for the grail scholar, but his conclusions are jaded. I would recommend it as a great source for grail material, just be sure to do your own analysis.
Interesting, albeit a little dated, look at the Cathars. Rahn's main goal in the book is to link the German Parsifal and its Grail with the alleged treasure of the Cathars. I skimmed those parts, because I was more interested in his account of Cathar origins and theology and the crusade and its aftermath. Those parts tracked with what I already knew and added some knowledge.

Also have a serious case of travel fever now. I've been to Montsegur, Roquefixade, and Puivert, but now I wish I had also b
Jan 03, 2009 Román added it  ·  review of another edition
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Libro extraordinario. Un análisis deslumbrante de la civilización occitana, el nacimiento del amor cortés y el movimiento trovadoresco, Los cátaros y la Corte de amor y sus damas como Esclarmonde de Foix y el Parsifal de Wolfram von Schembach que había recibido la cultura occitana a través de "Guyot de Provins" que influyó sobre Wagner y que anteriormente cómo todo ello representa un precedente del renacimiento casi dos siglos antes. Un libro de cabecera que releo de continuo
Warren Moeckel
I was reading this book as filler while my then-girlfriend got her boob job reworked.
There is a lot of in-depth Medieval history going on in the book, and it is tiresome.
'Nuff said. The boobs turned out well, I just didn't ever get to see them much.

Thumbs up for historical perspective on the Cathari, though!
A more difficult read than I expected. My eyes tended to glaze over during the clearly non-cathar chapters. Recommend reading with a smart phone or computer nearby to research anything you may not know...
Astonishing and interesting scholoarship whose only failing is the near seamless incorporation of secondary sources, which does much to cloud the authorial voice. A provocative and engaging read.
Lisa Eirene
Had to return to library before I was done reading it.
Gabriel Camiro

Not much about the Templars despite the title.
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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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