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Perceval, or, The Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes (Book Analysis)

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Perceval, or, The Story of the Grail with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Perceval, or, The Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes, a medieval coming-of-age story about a knight from King Arthur’s court. Perceval is initially foolish and naïve, but, thanks to a series of adventures and impressive deeds, he earns the respect of his fellow knights and wins the love of the beautiful Blancheflor. His story is set alongside that of Gawain, a model knight who must fight to restore his tarnished honour. Perceval, or, The Story of the Grail was Chrétien’s last novel and remained unfinished when he died, which gave rise to continuations from several later authors. Chrétien de Troyes was one of the best-known and most influential medieval writers. His books inspired many adaptations in other languages, and his skilful use of structure and character development paved the way for the modern novel. Find out everything you need to know about Perceval, or, The Story of the Grail in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

The High History of the Holy Grail

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Perceval smiteth his horse of his spurs and cometh to the first in such sort that he passeth his spear right through his body and beareth him to the ground dead. The other two knights each smote his man so that they wounded them in the body right sore. The other two would fain have fled, but Perceval preventeth them, and they gave themselves up prisoners for fear of death. "Lady," saith he, "see here the quittance for your knight that was slain, and the fifth also remaineth lying on the piece of ground shent in like manner as was your own.""Fair son," saith she, "I should have better loved peace after another sort, and so it might be.""Lady," saith he, "Thus is it now. One ought to make war against the warrior, and be at peace with the peaceable." ===The tales of King Arthur and his knights have been enthralling readers for a millennium... and here is one of the oldest, set down on the page in the early 13th century in Old French by an unknown author and translated into English in 1898. Inspired by medieval Arthurian poet Chr tien De Troyes' unfinished "Perceval, or the Knight of the Grail," this will delight lovers of medieval culture, British mythology, and high romance.British poet and medievalist SEBASTIAN EVANS (1830-1909) also wrote Brother Fabian's Manuscripts.

The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

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Splendid retelling of the adventures of Sir Galahad and the pursuit of the Holy Grail; last days of King Arthur, more. Rich medieval flavor enhanced with 39 of Pyle's atmospheric illustrations.

The Lost Book of the Grail

The Lost Book of the Grail Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Caitlín Matthews,John Matthews
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The Lost Book of the Grail by Caitlín Matthews,John Matthews Summary

Reveals the long-forgotten prequel to the Grail mythos and how it has profound resonance with modern times • Includes the complete text of the Grail prequel, The Elucidation of the Grail, a 13th-century poem newly translated by Gareth Knight and Caitlín Matthews • Examines the forgotten story of the Faery Wars and the role of Well Maidens in the Grail story • Discusses the Seven Guardians of the Stories, the Grail Kings and Anti-Grail Kings, the Rich Company, the Courts of Joy, and the otherworldly Land of Women Unveiling the long-forgotten prequel to the Grail quest stories, Caitlín and John Matthews examine The Elucidation of the Grail, a forgotten 13th-century French text, and show how it offers the key to understanding the sevenfold path of the Grail and the deeper stories beneath the Christian Grail narrative. Beginning with a new translation of The Elucidation by foremost esotericist Gareth Knight and Caitlín Matthews, the authors provide a complete commentary on the poem, revealing a startling alternative cause of the Wasteland and the Grail quest, one which has a profound resonance with our own times. They examine the forgotten story of the Faery Wars and explain the Faery Accord, an agreement that once existed between humans and the Faery and upon which the spiritual and physical health of the land depends. The offering of the Grail and its regenerative powers by the Maidens of the Wells--Faery women--was part of this Accord. King Amangons and his men violated the Accord, through their abuse of the Well Maidens and other evil actions, causing the wasting of the land. The Knights of King Arthur seek to avenge the Well Maidens and rebirth the Grail to restore access to the lost paradisiacal “Courts of Joy” held in ancestral memory. On their quest, they encounter the Rich Company whose greed keeps the Knights occupied in long wars of attrition, yet their quest to restore the generous hospitality of the Wells--the true Grail, the Faery Grail--continues. In addition to the Faery Accord and Knights’ quest, the authors examine the Seven Guardians of the Stories, the Rich Fisher, the Courts of Joy and paradise lost, and the otherworldly Land of Women. They show how this lost book of the Grail reveals themes familiar to the modern world and offers hope of healing the rift between the worlds of Faery and human as well as restoration of our natural belonging to the land.

The Complete Story of Civilization

The Complete Story of Civilization Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Will Durant
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The Complete Story of Civilization by Will Durant represents the most comprehensive attempt in our times to embrace the vast panorama of man’s history and culture. This eleven volume set includes: Volume One: Our Oriental Heritage; Volume Two: The Life of Greece; Volume Three: Caesar and Christ; Volume Four: The Age of Faith; Volume Five: The Renaissance; Volume Six: The Reformation; Volume Seven: The Age of Reason Begins; Volume Eight: The Age of Louis XIV; Volume Nine: The Age of Voltaire; Volume Ten: Rousseau and Revolution; Volume Eleven: The Age of Napoleon

The Complete Opera Book: The Stories of the Operas together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation

The Complete Opera Book: The Stories of the Operas together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gustav KobbŽ
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The Complete Opera Book: The Stories of the Operas together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation by Gustav KobbŽ Summary

ÊOf the three standard schools, the Italian is the most frankly melodious. When at its best, Italian vocal melody ravishes the senses. When not at its best, it merely tickles the ear and offends common sense. "A•da" was a turning point in Italian music. Before Verdi composed "A•da," Italian opera, despite its many beauties, was largely a thing of temperament, inspirationally, but often also carelessly set forth. Now, Italian opera composers no longer accept any libretto thrust at them. They think out their scores more carefully; they produce works in which due attention is paid to both vocal and orchestral effect. The older composers still represented in the repertoire are Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. The last-named, however, also reaches well over into the modern school of Italian opera, whose foremost living exponent is Puccini. Although Rameau (1683-1764), whose "Castor and Pollux" held the stage until supplanted by Gluck's works, was a native of France, French opera had for its founder the Italian, Lully; and one of its chief exponents was the German, Meyerbeer. Two foreigners, therefore, have had a large share in developing the school. It boasts, however, many distinguished nativesÑHalŽvy, Auber, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet. In the French school of opera the instrumental support of the voice is far richer and the combination of vocal and instrumental effect more discriminating than in the old school of Italian opera. A first cousin of Italian opera, the French, nevertheless, is more carefully thought out, sometimes even too calculated; but, in general, less florid, and never indifferent to the librettist and the significance of the lines he has written and the situations he has evoked. Massenet is, in the truest sense, the most recent representative of the school of Meyerbeer and Gounod, for Bizet's "Carmen" is unique, and DŽbussy's "PellŽas et MŽlisande" a wholly separate manifestation of French art for the lyric stage. The German school of opera is distinguished by a seriousness of purpose that discards all effort at vocal display for itself alone, and strives, in a score, well-balanced as between voice and orchestra, to express more forcibly than could the spoken work, the drama that has been set to music.

Parzival

Parzival Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Katherine Paterson
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Acclaimed storyteller and Newbery medalist, National Book Awardwinner, and Laura Ingalls Wilder award recipient Katherine Paterson breathes new life into this classic tale of action, adventure, and romance. Raised in the wilderness, Parzival knows nothing of his destiny as the Grail Knight--the one who is fated to seek the sacred vessel of hope and eternal life. To succeed in his quest, Parzival must struggle against countless obstacles. His triumphant story is one that will move readers to joy and despair, laughter and tears.

Arthurian Romances

Arthurian Romances Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Troyes Cretien de
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The Birth of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table“’My good sir, is she your daughter then?’ ‘Yes, but don't pay any attention to what she says,’ said the lord. ‘She's a child - a silly, foolish thing.’ ‘Indeed,’ said my lord Gawain, ‘then I'd be very ill-mannered not to do what she wants.’” - Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes is a collection of short stories set in the Early Middle Ages, in England. They follow the path of several knights – including Lancelot’s dad – through adulthood focusing on their romantic affairs. What tests will the knights encounter in order to prove themselves worthy of a woman’s love?

Le Morte D'Arthur

Le Morte D'Arthur Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Thomas Malory
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This brisk retelling of Le Morte D'Arthur highlights the narrative drive, humor, and poignancy of Sir Thomas Malory’s original while updating his fifteenth-century English and selectively pruning over-elaborate passages that can try the patience of modern readers. The result is an adaptation that readers can enjoy as a fresh approach to Malory's sprawling masterpiece. The book's most famous episodes--the sword in the stone, the cataclysmic final battle--are all here, while lesser-known key episodes stand forth with new brightness and clarity. The text is accompanied by an up-to-date bibliography, including websites and video resources, and a descriptive index keyed--like the retelling itself--to the book and chapter divisions of William Caxton's first printed edition of 1485.

The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes

The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Staines
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"[A]n eminently readable text, done clearly and accurately . . . it gives as good an idea as a translation can of the complexity and subtlety of Chrétien's originals. . . . The text is provided by a translator who understands the spirit as well as the letter of the original and renders it with style. . . . [T]his translation should attract a wide audience of students and Arthurian enthusiasts." —Speculum "[A] significant contribution to the field of medieval studies [and] a pleasure to read." —Library Journal "These are, above all, stories of courtly love and of knights tested in their devotion to chivalric ideals (with passion and duty often at odds); but they are also thrilling wonder stories of giants, wild men, tame lions, razor-sharp bridges and visits to the Other World." —Washington Post Book World "This tastefully produced book will be the standard general translation for many years to come." —Choice This new translation brings to life for a new generation of readers the stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Gawain, Perceval, Yvain, and the other "knights and ladies" of Chrétien de Troyes' famous romances.

The Complete History of the Christian Church (With Bible)

The Complete History of the Christian Church (With Bible) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Philip Schaff
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The Complete History of the Christian Church (With Bible) by Philip Schaff Summary

This edition is an eight volume account of Christian history which covers the history of Christianity from the time of the apostles to the Reformation period. The book deals with seven periods in the history of the church: The First Period of Church History – Apostolic Christianity; The Second Period of Church History – Ante-Nicene Christianity; The Third Period of Church History – The Church in Union with the Roman Empire; The Fourth Period of Church History – The Church among the Barbarians; The Fifth Period of Church History – From Gregory VII to Boniface VIII A. D. 1049–1294; The Sixth Period of Church History – From Boniface VIII to Martin Luther ; The Seventh Period of Church History – The Reformation. The Bible is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time. This is the "American Standard Version" (ASV) - a Bible translation into English that was completed in 1901, with the publication of the revision of the Old Testament; the revised New Testament had been released in 1900.

The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King Pdf/ePub eBook Author: T. H. White
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"The Once and Future King" by T. H. White. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Howard Pyle
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Three of King Arthur’s most beloved knights, Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristram and Sir Percival, headline their own fantastical tales of love, honor and inescapable duty. The Story of the Champions of the Round Table offers an intimate look at the many obstacles and triumphs of the famous warriors. Sir Launcelot, the first knight of the round table, is a prominent fixture who appears alongside King Arthur on various quests. He becomes a legend in his own right due to his incomparable fighting skills and charm. A conflicted Sir Tristram falls in love with a beautiful young woman called Isoult, who is already betrothed to a king. Meanwhile, Sir Percival journeys to the Castle of Beaurepaire and is faced with new and unexpected challenges. Each story showcases the characters by testing their strength and morals in the face of opposition. This novel is an enjoyable addition to the Arthurian canon, which continues to thrive in Europe and abroad. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Story of the Champions of the Round Table is both modern and readable.

The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions

The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Howard Pyle
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Wherefore if it will please you to read that which is hereinafter set forth, you will be told of how Sir Launcelot slew the great Worm of Corbin; of the madness that afterward fell upon him, and of how a most noble, gentle, and beautiful lady, hight the Lady Elaine the Fair, lent him aid and succor at a time of utmost affliction to him, and so brought him back to health again. And you may herein further find it told how Sir Launcelot was afterward wedded to that fair and gentle dame, and of how was born of that couple a child of whom it was prophesied by Merlin (in a certain miraculous manner fully set forth in this book) that he should become the most perfect knight that ever lived and he who should bring back the Holy Grail to the Earth.

The Complete Harvard Classics - All 51 Volumes in One Edition

The Complete Harvard Classics - All 51 Volumes in One Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Plato,Marcus Aurelius,William Shakespeare,Benjamin Franklin,Homer,Friedrich von Schiller,William Makepeace Thackeray,John Ruskin,Robert Louis Stevenson,Edgar Alan Poe,Henry David Thoreau,Voltaire,Jean Jacques Rousseau,Immanuel Kant,Thomas Hobbes,John Woolman,William Penn,Epictetus,Francis Bacon,John Milton,Thomas Browne,Ralph Waldo Emerson,Robert Burns,Saint Augustine,Thomas à Kempis,Aeschylus,Sophocles,Euripides,Aristophanes,Marcus Tullius Cicero,Pliny the Younger,Adam Smith,Charles Darwin,Plutarch,Virgil,Miguel de Cervantes,John Bunyan,Izaak Walton,Aesop,Wilhelm Grimm,Jacob Grimm,Hans Christian Andersen,John Dryden,Richard Brinsley Sheridan,David Garrick,Oliver Goldsmith,Percy Bysshe Shelley,Robert Browning,George Gordon Byron,Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,Christopher Marlowe,Dante Alighieri,Alessandro Manzoni,Richard Henry Dana,Edmund Burke,John Stuart Mill,Thomas Carlyle,Pedro Calderón de la Barca,Pierre Corneille,Jean Racine,Molière,Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,Philip Sidney,Ben Jonson,Abraham Cowley,Joseph Addison,Richard Steele,Jonathan Swift,Daniel Defoe,Samuel Johnson,David Hume,Sydney Smith,Samuel Taylor Coleridge,William Hazlitt,Leigh Hunt,Charles Lamb,Thomas De Quincey,Thomas Babington Macaulay,James Russell Lowell,Michael Faraday,Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz,Simon Newcomb,Archibald Geikie,Benvenuto Cellini,Michel de Montaigne,Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve,Ernest Renan,Giuseppe Mazzini,Herodotus,Tacitus,Francis Drake,Philip Nichols,Francis Pretty,Walter Bigges,Edward Haies,Walter Raleigh,René Descartes,Jean Froissart,Thomas Malory,William Henry Harrison,Niccolo Machiavelli,William Roper,Thomas More,Martin Luther,John Locke,George Berkeley,Hippocrates,Ambroise Paré,William Harvey,Oliver Wendell Holmes,Joseph Lister,Louis Pasteur,Thomas Dekker,Francis Beaumont,John Fletcher,John Webster,Philip Massinger,Blaise Pascal,William A. Neilson
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The Complete Harvard Classics - All 51 Volumes in One Edition by Plato,Marcus Aurelius,William Shakespeare,Benjamin Franklin,Homer,Friedrich von Schiller,William Makepeace Thackeray,John Ruskin,Robert Louis Stevenson,Edgar Alan Poe,Henry David Thoreau,Voltaire,Jean Jacques Rousseau,Immanuel Kant,Thomas Hobbes,John Woolman,William Penn,Epictetus,Francis Bacon,John Milton,Thomas Browne,Ralph Waldo Emerson,Robert Burns,Saint Augustine,Thomas à Kempis,Aeschylus,Sophocles,Euripides,Aristophanes,Marcus Tullius Cicero,Pliny the Younger,Adam Smith,Charles Darwin,Plutarch,Virgil,Miguel de Cervantes,John Bunyan,Izaak Walton,Aesop,Wilhelm Grimm,Jacob Grimm,Hans Christian Andersen,John Dryden,Richard Brinsley Sheridan,David Garrick,Oliver Goldsmith,Percy Bysshe Shelley,Robert Browning,George Gordon Byron,Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,Christopher Marlowe,Dante Alighieri,Alessandro Manzoni,Richard Henry Dana,Edmund Burke,John Stuart Mill,Thomas Carlyle,Pedro Calderón de la Barca,Pierre Corneille,Jean Racine,Molière,Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,Philip Sidney,Ben Jonson,Abraham Cowley,Joseph Addison,Richard Steele,Jonathan Swift,Daniel Defoe,Samuel Johnson,David Hume,Sydney Smith,Samuel Taylor Coleridge,William Hazlitt,Leigh Hunt,Charles Lamb,Thomas De Quincey,Thomas Babington Macaulay,James Russell Lowell,Michael Faraday,Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz,Simon Newcomb,Archibald Geikie,Benvenuto Cellini,Michel de Montaigne,Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve,Ernest Renan,Giuseppe Mazzini,Herodotus,Tacitus,Francis Drake,Philip Nichols,Francis Pretty,Walter Bigges,Edward Haies,Walter Raleigh,René Descartes,Jean Froissart,Thomas Malory,William Henry Harrison,Niccolo Machiavelli,William Roper,Thomas More,Martin Luther,John Locke,George Berkeley,Hippocrates,Ambroise Paré,William Harvey,Oliver Wendell Holmes,Joseph Lister,Louis Pasteur,Thomas Dekker,Francis Beaumont,John Fletcher,John Webster,Philip Massinger,Blaise Pascal,William A. Neilson Summary

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The True History of Merlin the Magician

The True History of Merlin the Magician Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anne Lawrence-Mathers
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A medieval historian examines what we really know about the man who was “Merlin the Magician” and his impact on Britain. Merlin has remained an enthralling and curious individual since he was first introduced in the twelfth century in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae. But although the Merlin of literature and Arthurian myth is well known, his “historical” figure and his relation to medieval magic are less familiar. In this book Anne Lawrence-Mathers explores just who he was and what he has meant to Britain. The historical Merlin was no rough magician: he was a learned figure from the cutting edge of medieval science and adept in astrology, cosmology, prophecy, and natural magic, as well as being a seer and a proto-alchemist. His powers were convincingly real—and useful, for they helped to add credibility to the “long-lost” history of Britain which first revealed them to a European public. Merlin’s prophecies reassuringly foretold Britain’s path, establishing an ancient ancestral line and linking biblical prophecy with more recent times. Merlin helped to put British history into world history. Lawrence-Mathers also explores the meaning of Merlin’s magic across the centuries, arguing that he embodied ancient Christian and pagan magical traditions, recreated for a medieval court and shaped to fit a new moral framework. Linking Merlin’s reality and power with the culture of the Middle Ages, this remarkable book reveals the true impact of the most famous magician of all time. “The story of how the image of Merlin as political prophet, magician and half-demon evolved in the Middle Ages is as fascinating as any romance.”—Euan Cameron

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mircea Eliade
Editor: University of Chicago Press
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History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3 by Mircea Eliade Summary

This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume A History of Religious Ideas. Eliade examines the movement of Jewish thought out of ancient Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean area and Europe, and the rise and diffusion of Islam from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries. Eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a synthesis that is unparalleled. In addition to reviewing recent interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the interactions of the three religions and shows their continuing mutual influence to be subtle but unmistakable. As in his previous work, Eliade pays particular attention to heresies, folk beliefs, and cults of secret wisdom, such as alchemy and sorcery, and continues the discussion, begun in earlier volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These subcultures, he maintains, are as important as the better-known orthodoxies to a full understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Quest of the Holy Grail

Quest of the Holy Grail Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anonymous
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Quest of the Holy Grail by Anonymous Summary

The Old French Lancelot-Graal is an important but massive work, providing a place for King Arthur not only in the history of Britain but also in Christian history. This new translation of one section, the Quest of the Holy Grail, will be a flexible addition to courses on medieval literature or romance. The notes and guides are designed to help readers enjoy the text while appreciating its relationship to social and literary history. Appendices include translations of material from two of Chrétien de Troyes’s romances (Perceval and Yvain); translations from other parts of the Lancelot-Grail Cycle (the early history of the Grail and the conception of Galahad); and excerpts from apocryphal works (from French versions written at about the same time as the Quest).

The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Howard Pyle
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The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur by Howard Pyle Summary

IN this volume there follows the fourth and last series of those histories relating to the life and to the kingship of Arthur, King of England. In this it shall first be told how it befell with Sir Geraint; then it shall be told how the Holy Grail was achieved by Sir Galahad, the son of Sir Launcelot; and then it shall be told how King Arthur passed from this life, and how, after doing battle right royally for his crown and having overcome his enemies, he was slain by one of them whom he had wounded to death. Much in this is sad, but much is not sad; for all endings are sad, and the passing of any hero is a sad thing to tell of; but the events and the adventures and the achievements of such a man are not sad.

The Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ben Pugh
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The Old Rugged Cross by Ben Pugh Summary

A lot has been said about the atonement theology of the theologians, but what of ordinary believers and their church leaders? What, if anything, have they done with "penal substitution" or with "Christus Victor"? How, if at all, have these doctrinal approaches helped ordinary Christians to live more devoted lives or lead good church services? Ben Pugh takes the temperature of the church at various points in its history right up to the present day, noting particular emphases that can be detected in various expressions of personal and corporate faith--whether these be hymns, sermons, magazines, or devotional texts. The book aims not only to describe what the implied atonement theologies of the church have in reality been but also to explore why these have taken the forms that they have. This exploration will shed some fresh light on current debates, building on the findings of the author's earlier work, Atonement Theories: A Way through the Maze.