How the Grail Sites Were Found

Wolfram von Eschenbach and the Reality of the Grail

Werner Greub

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ISBN: 978-90-73932-03-6, geïllustreerd, 394 blz., oktober 2001, Engels UITVERKOCHT!

oorspronkelijke titel: Wolfram von Eschenbach und die Wirklichkeit des Grals

editie: 4th British Edition

trefwoorden: Antroposofie, Graal, Wolfram von Eschenbach,Willehalm, Parzival, Spiritualiteit, Archeologie,

An Event for the Whole Field of Grail Research

Note: This ring band version has been replaced by a book version published in May 2013 with the subtitle "Wolfram von Eschenbach as a Historian" and available on BoekenRoute.

The German poet-knight Wolfram von Eschenbach assures us that his Grail poem "Parzival" contains descriptions of historical events that took place eleven generations before his time exactly in the way he narrates them. The source for his material, he claims, was not the French poet Chrétien de Troyes, but a certain “well-known master Kyot.” But because this Kyot could – until now – not be historically identified, his existence has been cast in doubt and so it is widely assumed that Wolfram was spinning yarn. With respect to his Willehalm, an unfinished epic poem on the heroic exploits of William of Orange and Toulouse, it is generally believed that Wolfram’s source was the semi-historical folklore of the Aliscans, one of the many so-called Chansons-de-geste of the troubadours of the south of France of that time extolling the rather fantastic and pious deeds of this paladin of Charlemagne and founder of the original House Of Orange, who in the 12th century was canonized as the patron saint of the knights.
In one of his many lectures on the Grail, the Austrian-born founder of anthroposophy or science of the Grail, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), stated however that Kyot is no mere figment of a poet’s imagination, but definitely a historical figure, who lived not in the 12th but in the 9th century. In private conversations, moreover, he described the Arlesheim Hermitage – an old Celtic sacred landscape near the site of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland – as the actual Grail area (see map title page) where Parzival had his eventful meetings with Trevrizent and Sigune, both of whom lived in seclusion as hermits not far from Wolfram’s Grail Castle Munsalvaesche, often thought to be Montségur on the French side of the Pyrenees.

The above indications by Wolfram von Eschenbach and Rudolf Steiner motivated the Swiss anthroposophist and Grail researcher Werner Greub (1909-1997) to take Wolfram von Eschenbach seriously in an effort to bring the Grail further “down to earth.” Carefully following all of Wolfram’s manifold indications of the original Middle High German texts to the letter, and reading the landscape as a largely unspoiled script, he not only found the enigmatic Kyot to be none other than William of Orange, but also discovered, or decoded, most of the historic scenes of actions where – in the first half of the ninth century – most of the actual events in Parzival as well as Willehalm must have taken place in an area that is now called Alsace, Switzerland, Germany and France. This led Werner Greub to formulate his novel and controversial theory that Wolfram von Eschenbach is not only to be regarded as a great poet, but also in fact as an exact chronicler of Parzival’s revolutionary Grail kingship in the 9th century. Even Wolfram’s references to various planetary constellations turned out to be so exact that by means of extensive astronomical calculations the whole chronology of Parzival and, indirectly, that of Willehalm could be established.
As the title of this research report suggests, the emphasis lies not so much on the where but on the how. Werner Greub has managed to depict his discovery of the Grail sites on various maps and in the geographical reality itself in such a manner that every scene of action can be represented and experienced step by step in the mind of the attentive reader, inviting him or her to make the next step of visiting the Parzival and Willehalm geography on the spot in order to be able to make an experiential assessment on the merits of this unique book that purports to put the hitherto considered legendary Grail tradition in a completely new light.

"How The Grail Sites Were Found" was first published under the title "Wolfram von Eschenbach und die Wirklichkeit des Grals" in 1974 by the Goetheanum, School for Spiritual Science founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1923 as the research and development center of the general Anthroposophical Society. It elicited such controversy that the second and third volumes of this projected Grail trilogy were never officially published by the Goetheanum as originally announced, but privately by Werner Greub's son Dr. Marcus Greub. Due to these and other extenuating circumstances, it has taken twenty-seven years for this book to be translated and published in English. (In 2002 a French translation "La Qûete du Gral" and in 2002 and 2008 a Dutch one with the title "Willem van Oranje, Parzival en de Graal" in two parts were published.) The reader interested in the background to this controversy can consult the introduction “How This Publication Came About”, while in the appendices a rebuttal of this scathing criticism can be read as an alternative introduction to this volume.
The translator Robert J. Kelder is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and worked as a publicist and guide with Werner Greub during an exhibition in 1985 commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Arlesheim Hermitage as a famous English Garden. This exhibition marked the first time after the publication of this book that results of Werner Greub’s Grail research were brought out into the open, discussed and mentioned in the Swiss national press. The text for this exhibition can also be read in the appendices.

For the third North American edition of this volume a special foreword with a postscript has been written dealing with the books "Holy Grail Across The Atlantic – The Secret History of Canadian Discovery and Exploration" and its sequels "The Columbus Conspiracy" and "Grail Knights of North America" by Michael Bradley in which the views expressed there concerning King Arthur and the Holy Grail, Camelot and the Grail Castle Munsalvaesche and Wolfram’s source Kyot are contrasted with the views put forward in this book. Also for the fourth British edition that was presented at the Rudolf Steiner House in London on October 26, 2001 a special foreword has been written.

Fourth British Edition, Amsterdam, Oct. 2001 – 395 p. including 111 plates and maps

© English translation: Robert J. Kelder / Willehalm Institute Press Foundation

Meer teksten en voorbeelden:

Contents-How This Publication Came About – Introduction To The
First and Second English... 
lees de hele tekstBeyond Truth and RealityThe following book review by Christoph Lindenberg with the original title “Jenseits... lees de hele tekstShort Biography of the AuthorWerner Greub was born on November 30, 1909 in Lotzwil near Langenthal, Oberaargau... lees de hele tekstOranschWolfram von Eschenbach has a wonderful gift for describing his scenes of action... lees de hele tekstForeword by the AuthorWolfram von Eschenbach assures us that his dramas are true, i.e. that they... lees de hele tekst

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18th Century print of The Arlesheim Hermitage - Wolfram's Terre de salvaesche

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