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List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgements xiii A Note on Names xv Introduction I PART ONE: CREATING THE GRAIL: AUTHORS AND TEXTS 1. Imagining the Grail: Chretien de Troyes 9 2. Completing the Grail: Chretien continued 27 3. Sanctifying the Grail Hero: Robert de Boron 39 4. The Old Law and the New Law: The High Book of the Grail 46 5. Creating the Grail Hero: The Lancelot-Grail 53 6. Visions of Angels, Versions of Men: Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival 73 Epilogue to Part One 86 PART TWO: THE NATURE OF THE GRAIL: APOCRYPHA, THEOLOGY, ROMANCE 7. The Grail 91 8. The Setting of the Grail 104 9. Obscure Histories, Dubious Relics 116 10. The Eucharist and the Grail 135 11. The Holy Grail 148 12. The Secrets of the Grail 161 13. The Grail Outside the Romances 167 14. 'There is a thing that's called the Gral' 173 15 The Adventures of the Grail: The Later German Romances T-7Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Grail Legends History and criticism, Grail