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Markale, Jean

Works: 289 works in 1,321 publications in 6 languages and 10,962 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Biography  Miscellanea  Church history  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Adapter, Translator, Annotator, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Interviewee, Publishing director, Bibliographic antecedent, zxx, Performer
Classifications: DA152.5.A7, 942.014
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Most widely held works about Jean Markale
Most widely held works by Jean Markale
King Arthur, king of kings by Jean Markale( Book )

50 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celtic civilization by Jean Markale( Book )

76 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cornerstone of western civilization and the major source of its social, political, and literary values, Celtic civilization occupied the whole of western Europe for more than a millenium and, unlike the Middle Eastern forerunners of the Greco-Roman world, is still alive today. Historians have tended to accord the Celts a place of minor significance in comparison to the Romans when, in fact, the shamanic, mythical, and spiritual traditions of the Western world have their roots in Celtic culture. Regarding myth as an indispensable branch of history, Markale has thoroughly explored Celtic mythology to reveal the culture that gave rise to it. "The Celts, " one of the most comprehensive treatments of this subject ever written, firmly aligns the Celtic peoples as the primary European precursor to Greco-Roman sovereignty, restoring Celtic culture to its true importance in the development of European civilization. The new historical vision that emerges is both convincing and exciting
Women of the Celts by Jean Markale( Book )

67 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Markale takes us deep into a mythical world where both man and woman become whole by realizing the feminine principle in its entirety. The author explores the rich heritage of Celtic women in history, myth, and ritual, showing how these traditions compare to modern attitudes toward women.--From publisher description
The grail : the Celtic origins of the sacred icon by Jean Markale( Book )

29 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale." (Andre Breton)The Grail has long excited the imaginations of those seeking to see beyond the world of appearances. No other sacred object has inspired such longing or such dread. The Grail is the archetype of the marvelous object in which each individual can enclose the goal of his own personal quest. For some the goal of this quest has been divine grace or the Philosophers' Stone, for others it is simply a treasure that connects various episodes of the King Arthur legend. Yet the Grail, as an object that is both close and unapproachable, was not the original focus of these stories. The Celtic tales on which the Grail legend is based emphasize the theme of the Quest. Through his exploration of several versions of this myth that appeared in the Middle Ages, Jean Markale digs deep beneath the Christian veneer of these tales, allowing us to penetrate to the true meaning of the Grail and its Quest, legacies of a rich Celtic spirituality that has nourished the Western psyche for centuries. He also examines how these myths were later used by the Knights Templar, as well as how their links with Alchemy and Catharism played a decisive role in the shaping of Western Hermetic thought
The pagan mysteries of halloween : celebrating the dark half of the year by Jean Markale( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in French and English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the Celtic roots of the holiday Halloween and explains how they influence modern celebrations, discussing the festival of Samhain, All Saints' Day, and ancient pagan and Christian beliefs about the fate of souls
The Druids : Celtic priests of nature by Jean Markale( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine. Written by the world's leading authority on Celtic culture. Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of the human spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcilable, the individual and the collective, creator and created, good and evil, day and night, past and future, and life and death. Because of the oral nature of Celtic civilization our understanding of its spiritual truths and rituals is necessarily incomplete. Yet evidence exists that can provide the modern reader with a better understanding of the doctrine that took druidic apprentices 20 years to learn in the remote forests of the British Isles and Gaul. Using the descriptions of the druids and their beliefs provided by the historians and chroniclers of classic antiquity, as well as those recorded by the insular Celts themselves when compelled, under Christianity's influence, to utilize writing to preserve their ancestral traditions. Jean Markale painstakingly pieces together all that is known for certain about them. The druids were more than simply the priests of the Celtic people; their influence extended to all aspects of Celtic life. The Druids covers everything concerning the Celtic religious domain, intellectual speculations, cultural or magical practices, various beliefs, and the so-called profane sciences that have come down from the Celtic priesthood
Eleanor of Aquitaine : queen of the troubadours by Jean Markale( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) has been long noted for her political and cultural achievements that profoundly shaped twelfth-century Europe. Culturally, beyond her role as wife of kings Louis VII of France and Henry II of England and mother of kings Richard and John, she inspired the diffusion of the Arthurian cycle and the Celtic myths underpinning it. Without Eleanor, figures such as Merlin, Arthur, and Guinevere (for whom Eleanor served as model) would never have assumed the symbolic value they now possess. Politically, she played a crucial role not only in the development of the Plantagenet Empire, but also in the granting of charters to merchants and craftsmen that led to the birth of the modern middle class. But her greatest influence, still shaping modern sensibilities, was her role as the symbol of courtly love, which was not a mere diversion of the aristocracy but a process of male initiation and transcendence.--From publisher description
The great goddess : reverence of the divine feminine from the Paleolithic to the present by Jean Markale( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In ancient Babylon she was Anat, in Egypt, Isis and Hathor, Dana in Celtic Ireland, Rhea and Demeter in Greece, and in India, Anapurna the "Provider." She is the Great Goddess, the symbol of earth and the giver of life, the Vast Mother, who represented all the powers and mysteries of creation for our ancestors." "In this comprehensive exploration of the Goddess figure, Jean Markale, one of today's foremost Celtic historians, examines how over time patriarchal societies tried to force the preeminent power of the feminine into an obscure and subservient position, shifting her solar association onto masculine deities and discrediting those of her symbols, like the serpent, that could not be easily assimilated. With its extensive investigation of all the myths, sites, and sanctuaries devoted to this influential figure, The Great Goddess provides us with abundant evidence of the extraordinary permanence of her worship--even at the heart of those religions that tried to destroy her." "Markale explains how the Goddess did not simply disappear when her position was usurped, but went underground, resurfacing time and again in altered but distinctly recognizable forms. The great solar goddess of Celtic culture reappears as the mythical Grainne and in the well-known legend of Tristan and Iseult. Features of the primordial Lilith, relegated to darkness in rabbinical tradition, can be discerned in the incomprehensible Black Virgins of Christian sanctuaries. And one of the key figures of modern Christianity, the Virgin Mary, possesses all the characteristics of the ancient Mother Goddess: wisdom, beneficence, nurturance, and sacred sexuality. Whether in Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, Celtic Europe, or the present day, the goddess played, and continues to play, an integral part in society's need to connect with the source of all creation. Book jacket."--Jacket
The epics of Celtic Ireland : ancient tales of mystery and magic by Jean Markale( Book )

24 editions published between 1971 and 2000 in French and English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'amour courtois, ou, Le couple infernal by Jean Markale( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The church of Mary Magdalene : the sacred feminine and the treasure of Rennes-le-Château by Jean Markale( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Even more curious and compelling, however, are the church renovations themselves and their ambiguous portrayal of Mary Magdalene. This depiction could shake the very foundation of the Church with its suggestion that Mary's role was that of the priestess who anoints the priest-king in preparation for his spiritual duties."--Jacket
L'épopée celtique en Bretagne by Jean Markale( Book )

26 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in French and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La tradition celtique en Bretagne armoricaine by Jean Markale( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 1987 in French and Undetermined and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Templar treasure at Gisors by Jean Markale( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in French and English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A partir des documents historiques, J. Markale tente de répondre à quelques-unes des questions soulevées par le mystère des Templiers
Lancelot et la chevalerie arthurienne by Jean Markale( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in French and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mélusine, ou, L'androgyne by Jean Markale( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in French and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cathedral of the Black Madonna : the Druids and the mysteries of Chartres by Jean Markale( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isabeau de Bavière by Jean Markale( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chateaubriand au-delà du miroir by Jean Markale( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in French and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le christianisme celtique et ses survivances populaires by Jean Markale( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in French and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The great goddess : reverence of the divine feminine from the Paleolithic to the present
Alternative Names
Bertrand, Jacques, 1928-2008

Bertrand, Jacques écrivain

Bertrand, Jacques Emile

Bertrand , Jean

Bertrand Jean 1928-2008

Jean Markale écrivain français

Jean Markale Frans schrijver

Jean Markale fransk historikar og skribent

Jean Markale fransk historiker och författare

Jean Markale fransk historiker og skribent

Jean Markale French artist

Jean Markale scrittore e conduttore radiofonico francese

Jean Markale skrivagner gallek

Markals, Ž. 1928-

Markals, Ž. (Žans), 1928-

マルカル, ジャン

French (356)

English (55)

Spanish (11)

German (6)

Polish (2)

Italian (1)

Celtic civilizationWomen of the CeltsThe grail : the Celtic origins of the sacred iconThe pagan mysteries of halloween : celebrating the dark half of the yearThe Druids : Celtic priests of natureEleanor of Aquitaine : queen of the troubadoursThe great goddess : reverence of the divine feminine from the Paleolithic to the presentThe epics of Celtic Ireland : ancient tales of mystery and magic