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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Holy Grail, The - History and Legend
Juliette Wood
ISBN: 9780708325247 (0708325246)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Medi 2012
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Cyfrol sy'n edrych ar y traddodiadau ynghylch y Greal Sanctaidd, a'r chwedloniaeth sydd wedi tyfu o'i ymddangosiad cyntaf yn y canoloesoedd i sut y caiff ei bortreadu mewn llenyddiaeth a ffilm heddiw.

This book examines the traditions attached to the Holy Grail from its first appearance in medieval romance through its transformation into an object of mystical significance in modern literature and film.
Juliette Wood gives a clear account of how the graal, which first appears as a precious but unidentified object in an unfinished early mediaeval romance by Chretien de Troyes, (through a number of ‘continuations’ and prequels by other romance writers) becomes ‘the Holy Grail’ – which acquires many different forms and meanings both for its mediaeval and its subsequent storytellers. In the process it becomes at first a more specifically Christian, Eucharistic symbol, then is used to serve local status (and profit), nationalism, resurgent paganism, gothic nostalgia and modern conspiracy theories.

Although apparently originating in a French romance connected to Arthurian and apocryphal biblical legends, it rapidly became appropriated by writers of pseudo-history and seems to have hovered between fiction and asserted ‘fact’ ever since. Juliette Wood’s explanation of the accretion of originally unrelated myths (about the Knights Templar, the Cathars and the Masons, to name but a few) and how these became woven into modern preoccupations with a concealed, alternative ‘history’, is very well presented. She provides detailed notes and bibliographies which are especially important in a book which is devoted to examining sources and their legitimacy.

I did feel that some material was too often repeated while I would have liked a little more detail on (and quotation from) some of the original romances, particularly Malory. However, the book is a fascinating study in how the human desire to make a coherent narrative of reality leads us to blur fact and fiction, history and legend, even in the age of scientific enquiry. We are compulsive storytellers but our inability or disinclination to be clear about what sort of stories we are telling can have the most serious consequences. The Holy Grail exposes a process which has significance far beyond the confines of literary studies.

Caroline Clark

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Tabl Cynnwys:
Introduction
The Sources of the Grail
The Characters
Interpreting the Grail
Glastonbury and the Grail
The Secrets of the Grail
Hidden Grails
Relics of the Grail
Conclusion
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Dr Juliette Wood is retired Associated Lecturer at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University and currently a Director of the Folklore Society and Honorary Fellow, National history Museum of Wales.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
The Holy Grail is one of the most fascinating themes in medieval literature. It was described as the vessel used by Jesus to celebrate the first Eucharist and it became the object of the greatest quest undertaken by King Arthur’s knight. In its examination of the traditions attached to the Holy Grail this book provides a journey filled with knightly quests, mystics and holy relics, poets and novelists, outlandish speculation and serious thought.
Does dim Adolygiad Cwsmer, hyd yma, i'r llyfr hwn.
 
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