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From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston


Paperback. Condition: Good. 1956. Doubleday (Anchor) Books.

Weston's book is an examination of the roots of the King Arthur legends. It seeks to make connections between the early pagan elements and the later Christian influences. The book's main focus is on the Holy Grail tradition and its influence, particularly the Wasteland motif.

The origins of Weston's book are in James George Frazer's seminal work on folklore, magic and religion, The Golden Bough (1890), and in the works of Jane Ellen Harrison.

The work is mentioned by T. S. Eliot in the notes to his poem The Waste Land.