INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR


This book is in part a report I felt called upon to make, after a life long study of the epic poetry of Wolfram von Eschenbach convinced me that Wolfram is speaking the truth.

The whole report contains four parts. In the first part is described the method which I used to gain a secure judgment concerning Wolfram.

In the second part the historic-geographical findings are made known that arise, as it were inevitably, with the aid of this method, namely to take Wolfram seriously and literally.

In the third part the objective was to place Wolfram's epics - in the light of these new findings - in a greater context, in which the events of the ninth century represent only one, albeit important, episode.

In a fourth part I had to address philological criticism from present-day Wolfram Studies. A researcher proceeding from the premise that Wolfram in his description of historical events is consciously striving for historical accuracy will necessarily come to other results than a researcher whose premises are that Wolfram is revising known French original manuscripts at will and that Wolfram invented Kyot out of narrative-technical reasons, or that he only mentions him to tease or mislead us.

By the printing, it then turned out that the first two parts were more or less rounded off and as such understandble for the general public, while the third and fourth part would only be of interest to the respective specialists. From a publishing point of view as well, it was then decided to take these three interested parties into account and not to include everything in the same volume. This resulted in the publication of the first and second part under the title: "Wolfram von Eschenbach and the Reality of the Grail", and the promise to publish the other two parts separately to satisfy both interested parties.(f.1) The two continuations are certainly also part of the "Reality of the Grail", but can be understood without a prior study of the main work. All the reader has to do is to take notice of the new starting point and to proceed from the notion that Wolfram is communicating, as he assures us, historical events.

It can of course also interest the specialist to hear the concrete findings from a researcher who
has taken Wolfram seriously in this sense and who conveys when and where the described
events took place. This may be true for the specialized Wolfram researcher interested in philology to whom the publication "Willehalm-Kyot / Der Gewahrsmann Wolframs von Eschenbach" (f.2) is directed as well as the Grail researchers to whom this volume is addressed.

This publication is devoted to the Grail research of Rudolf Steiner and proceeds from a new evaluation of the Grail symbol. In this point Wolfram has not been taken seriously until
now either. An unbiased inquiry into Wolfram's Grail symbol iaspis ex silice reveals new links between the Grail Christianity of the ninth century, the Christianity of St John and those spiritual streams leading up to our time, whose extracts flowed into Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy.

This publication can therefore primarily be understood by students of Rudolf Steiner and could be of service in acquiring that particular overview, which is necessary for the pursuit in the middle of modern life - of Grail ends.

Riehen-Basle, Michaelmas 1974 Werner Greub

FOOTNOTE 1,2:

1. The author refers here to a promise by the publishers which was never met. (tr.)
2. Published as a manuscript in the original German with a preface documenting the dramatic background of this publication by the Willehalm Institute in Amsterdam in 1993. Translation of the title: Willehalm-Kyot / The Source of Wolfram von Eschenbach. The table of contents is as follows: Part 1; 1. R.J. Kelder: How this Edition Came to be. A Contribution to the History of the General Anthroposophical Society; 2. Motion to the General Assembly of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach 1986 concerning the Publication, respectively Non-publication of this Edition by the Goetheanum Publishing Co.; 3. Open Letter to the Council of the General Anthroposophical Society concerning the Treatment of this Motion. Part II: Foreword by Erwin Jaeckle; A Challenge to Communal Research. An Appeal by E. Jaeckle in the Magazine "Die Literarische Tat" (Zurich) from March 12, 1976; 1. Address to Philologists; 2. Kyot-Willehalm Lived; 3. The Old Expert Sticks to his Poet-Hypothesis; 4. Wolfram's Text is Defended; 5. New Sources - New Findings; 6. Wolfram Pursued Historical Truth; 7. Questions to Philologists. Appendix;: 1. Letter by K. F. David from May 29, 1985; 2. Letter from S. Roboz from May 22, 1987; 3. Letter from Prof. H. Kolb from May 17, 1985 (tr.)