The Paradise Altar of Bamberg

G. Ronald Murphy

in Gemstone of Paradise

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306392
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785025 | DOI:
 The Paradise Altar of Bamberg

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This chapter focuses on the (Bamberg) Paradise Altar. It is believed to be the stone that Wolfram was thinking of, or inspired by, when he came to his realization about the true nature of the Grail. The altar has the small size and proportions of an average medieval portable altar: it is 24.7 centimeters (9.8 inches) long, 15.5 centimeters (6.2 inches) wide, and about 14.9 centimeters (5.9 inches) high. It is dated to the second half of the 12th century, and thus was in use at the time (c. 1202-1210) Wolfram was composing his Parzival.

Keywords: altars; Wolfram; Grail; Parzival

Chapter.  7753 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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