Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle between the Cathars, by Otto Rahn

By Otto Rahn

The 1st English translation of the ebook that unearths the Cathar stronghold at Monts?gur to be the repository of the Holy Grail • offers the background of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden within the medieval epic Parzival and within the poetry of the troubadours • presents new insights into the lifestyles and demise of this talented and arguable writer campaign opposed to the Grail is the bold publication that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. the 1st variation seemed in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves the place the heretical Cathars sect sought safe haven through the thirteenth century. through the years the ebook has been translated into many languages and exerted a wide impression on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, however it hasn't ever seemed in English formerly. a lot as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to find historical Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the key situation of the Holy Grail. Rahn observed Parzival now not as a piece of fiction, yet as a old account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The campaign that the Vatican led opposed to the Cathars turned a struggle pitting Roma (Rome) opposed to Amor (love), during which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the natural religion of the Cathars.

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During the hostilities, a burgher from Beziers fought with a knight. The barons asked Raimon Trencavel to hand over the burgher, who had to suffer an ignominious punishment, the details of which we know nothing. With the war over, the burghers of Beziers demanded reparations from the viscount for the treatment of one of their own. He answered that he would submit to the arbitration of the barons and the notables. On October 15, 1167, Trencavel, accompanied by the bishop, appeared PARSIFAL 27 in the Church of the Magdalene in Beziers, where the burghers, armed with clubs and wearing chain mail vests under their garments, were waiting for him.

From then on, Foix was nothing more than one of the many Roman castella that guarded the Pyrenean passes, assuring safe transit through them. Under Visigoth domination (414-507), the Catholic bishops, who were unhappy with the leadership of the Gothic kings because of their links to Arianism, succeeded in enlisting the help of the French King Clovis. Volusian, a king who was suspected (not without reason) of having opened the doors of Tours to the Franks, was taken prisoner by the Visigoths and executed in Foix.

Her husband, Trencavel, contracted a huge debt during the bloody reprisals against the burghers of Beziers for which he now had to answer to God. The Trencavel were enterprising and chivalrous but impulsive people. She was afraid of the possible antics of her only son Raimon Roger. Along with the heretic Bertran de Saissac, who was designated by her husband Roger Taillefer as young Trencavel's tutor, she oversaw the education of her son—a son who was destined never to become an ordinary knight, but a knight of the supreme Minne.

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