Post-classical history

Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle between the Cathars, the Templars, and the Church of Rome

Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle between the Cathars, the Templars, and the Church of Rome

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

Crusade Against the Grail is the daring book that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathar sect sought refuge during the 13th century. Over the years the book has been translated into many languages and exerted a large influence on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, but it has never appeared in English until now.

Much as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to locate ancient Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the secret location of the Holy Grail. Rahn saw Parzival not as a work of fiction, but as a historical account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The Crusade that the Vatican led against the Cathars became a war pitting Roma (Rome) against Amor (love), in which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the pure faith of the Cathars.

Translator’s Foreword

Prologue

PART ONE

Chapter 1. Parsifal

PART TWO

Chapter 2. The Grail

Chapter 3. The Golden Fleece

Chapter 4. Gwion’s Cup

Chapter 5. How the Bard Taliesin Came to the World

Chapter 6. The Legend of the Bard Cervorix

Chapter 7. The “Pure Ones” and Their Doctrine

Chapter 8. The Caves of Trevrizent Close to the Fountain Called La Salvaesche

Chapter 9. Monmur, the Enchanted Castle of Oberon

Chapter 10. Muntsalvaesche and Montségur

Chapter 11. Repanse de Schoye

PART THREE

Chapter 12. The Crusade

PART FOUR

Chapter 13. The Apotheosis of the Grail

Appendix: Observations on the Theoretical Part

Notes

Bibliography