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From Ritual to Romance : Cosimo Classics Mythology and Folklore - Jessie Laidlay Weston

From Ritual to Romance

Cosimo Classics Mythology and Folklore

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Published: 15th November 2005
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From Ritual to Romance is a landmark study of anthropology and folklore that examines the roots of the King Arthur-Holy Grail legends. Jessie L. Weston's revolutionary theory holds that most elements of the Grail story are actually the remnants of incredibly old fertility rites -- with the lance and the cup serving as sexual symbols. Drawing on James George Frazer's seminal works on folklore, magic, and religion, Weston seeks to make connections between the legend's early pagan elements and its later Christian influences, uniting the quest for fertility with the striving for mystical oneness with God. T.S. Elliot cited this work as a major influence for his famous epic poem, "The Waste Land." JESSIE LAIDLAY WESTON (1850-1928) was an independent scholar and folklorist who specialized in mediaeval Arthurian texts.

ISBN: 9781596053236
ISBN-10: 1596053232
Series: Cosimo Classics Mythology and Folklore
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th November 2005
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.26