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By Otto Rahn. Like an artist working on a mosaic who piles up small stones of a particular color to arrange them later in a preconceived plan, I collected ideas and knowledge under foreign skies and in lands far from home. The sum total has produced this pageant. Either through revisions, adding details, or underscoring—not to mention rearranging—I have prepared those chosen pages from my diary in such a way that others may scrutinize, understand, and love them. My hand shall be a lucky one!

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lucifer's Court by Otto Rahn. Induced by Himmler to become the chief investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled throughout Europe--from Spain to Iceland--in the mid s pursuing leads to the Grail and other mysteries.

This journey was also one of self-discovery for Rahn. He found such a faithful echo of his own innermost beliefs in the lives of the heretics of the past that he eventually called himself a Cathar and nurtured ambitions of restoring that faith, which had been cruelly destroyed in the fires of the Inquisition.

His journeys on assignment for the Reich--including researching an alleged entrance to Hollow Earth in Iceland and searching for the true mission of Lucifer in the caves of southern France that served as refuge for the Cathars during the Inquisition--also led to his disenchantment with his employers and his mysterious death in the mountains after his break with the Nazis.

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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: biografia , germanica , historia. Jun 06, Frederik Vandelannoote rated it liked it Shelves: politics , religion. This book is quite amusing to read and gives a good insight in the religious world view of the Nazis.

The book is strongly anti-Catholic, which he sees as the exponent of semitism. Heretics on the other side are undifferentially regarded as representatives of the Aryans. Personally, I don't think he knew a lot on the Cathars and their true beliefs, but he makes some interesting connections with the troubadours and Thule from the Greek mythology. Otto Rahns travel journal gives an account of his This book is quite amusing to read and gives a good insight in the religious world view of the Nazis.

Otto Rahns travel journal gives an account of his researches in different places tracking the origins of the Holy Grail, seemingly inspired by "occult" suggestion.

Overall, it was a very interesting read of a remarkable man. Libro estraordinario y minoritario. Absolutamente imprescindible y, para mi, de cabecera.

Mar 11, Hydra M. Star rated it really liked it Shelves: books-that-have-inspired-me. It's difficult for me to sum up my feelings about this book, because this book is a bit all over the place.

It is the travel journal of Otto Rahn who was sent out in search of the Holy Grail by Heinrich Himmler at some point in the late s. To say that Rahn has a "different take" on the nature and origins behind the Holy Grail than what most readers might expect would be an understatement.

The grail is to him a jewel that fell to Earth from Lucifer's crown, and there is some folklore that sup It's difficult for me to sum up my feelings about this book, because this book is a bit all over the place. The grail is to him a jewel that fell to Earth from Lucifer's crown, and there is some folklore that supports him in this belief.

It's a bit unclear at times rather he "believed" this from the standpoint of a person that believes myths have value and importance in the lives of men or literally that there is a stone somewhere in the world that fell from Lucifer's crown. I suspect it was the first. Much of this was interesting. At certain points, however, when the conversation moved from Pagans to heretics I felt the author went to extremes to include such heretics in what he called "Lucifer's Court" instead of perhaps recognizing that they were very likely not Luciferians or whichever of the other such terms he applied to them but rather Christians or non-religious people that got caught up in or fell victim to the politics of the time.

Likewise, some great leaps are made to include other figures from mythology and folklore in with Lucifer. This might be a little hard at times for most readers, because when the writer speaks of Lucifer or these other characters he speaks about them in a way that seems to imply that he's speaking of real people. Remember these stories are just stories meant to impart some value or moral.

The final comments I will make about this book should be obvious. This book was written by a Nazi. A Nazi who later decided to leave the SS and was then "encouraged" to kill himself, mostly owing to the fact that he was a homosexual and had become disenchanted with the Nazi party. So, as one might imagine, there are few unkind references to Jews throughout this book and it is the Jewish connection that seems to be the biggest hang up the author has with Christianity.

How much of this was what Rahn truly believed and how much of it was him towing the party line in an effort to keep himself safe is hard to say. Sep 12, Iris rated it liked it Shelves: mythology. Otto Rahn searches for his ancestors, the Cathars, and during the journey adopts his perception of their version of the faith. It's fascinating to see his mind on fire. He makes odd connections, some far-fetched, some completely sensible, as he travels through Europe in search for the Grail - or the stone that fell from Lucifer's crown.

I believe the people who say that the antisemitic statements in this book were not from the author, but added by the publisher. It certainly reads that way - two Otto Rahn searches for his ancestors, the Cathars, and during the journey adopts his perception of their version of the faith.

It certainly reads that way - two different voices. Rahn's voice is quite naive. He's a thinker, not a writer, and his journal entries are no great literary feats. The translator notes are quite amusing, with opinions of their own and added information that sometimes makes no sense to me. Nov 01, Nancy McQueen rated it liked it Shelves: occult , occult-biography.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book being a translated and reworked diary, stated by the author , is a product of its time.

Is it a mystical personal revelation or the ramblings of a thinly veiled opponent of anything smacking of the Middle East? The only thing that is certain, is that Otto Rahn saw himself as a heretic. May 08, Robert M. One of the most beautiful and inspiring, poetic books I have read in a long time. Oct 29, Signor Mambrino rated it did not like it.

How could a book by a gay Nazi about the Luciferian Holy Grail possibly be so boring? Oct 12, Glen Gilpin rated it really liked it. You can understand me, or is your blood also impure? Jan 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing. This is a travelogue of Rahn's trips from France to the Arctic in search of knowledge and the Holy Grail.

How much of it is thoughtful scholarship and how much is written as propaganda, I leave to you to decide. An author must write for his audience and Rahn was questing under the auspices of the SS and Himmler. Was he writing what they wanted to hear or did he find something? I guess we'll never know for sure. There is some small doubt as to whether he committed suicide, was murdered, or just d This is a travelogue of Rahn's trips from France to the Arctic in search of knowledge and the Holy Grail.

There is some small doubt as to whether he committed suicide, was murdered, or just disappeared and managed to continue his search. Fact or fiction this was a great book. Feb 21, Anna rated it it was amazing. A wonderful book from which I've learned everything that was left out of school history books - and definietly far more interesting!

I really liked how Medieval history - in particular, history of heretics and inquisition - is introduced through the eyes of a true "heretic", in the concept of beliefs and mythology.

This book is definietly a must-read for all the enlightened and pure. I wish I could have read it in original German, though, but I don't understand German. Jul 27, Fiona Robson rated it it was amazing Shelves: mysteries. Fascinating book and very interesting concepts.

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Nonetheless, Himmler thought highly enough of this book to order a special edition of 5, leather-bound copies to be printed during the war; for distribution, presumably, to select SS personnel. One cannot discuss this book today without at least mentioning the Steven Spielberg film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. We will get to the Cathars below, after we have given the devil his due. The differences from the film are even more interesting, of course. The Grail for Rahn, to the extent that he considers it a physical object, is the German Grail, the Stone that fell from Heaven in Parzival, rather than the cup associated with Jesus in the Anglo-French Grail stories. Also unlike the film, the book is virulently, relentlessly, jumping-up-and-down anti-Christian. It is particularly anti-Catholic, so much so as to reduce the antisemitic implications of its rejection of Yahweh to a mere subtext.

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Lucifer's Court

Induced by Himmler to become the chief investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled throughout Europe--from Spain to Iceland--in the mid s pursuing leads to the Grail and other mysteries. This journey was also one of self-discovery for Rahn. He found such a faithful echo of his own innermost beliefs in the lives of the heretics of the past that he eventually called himself a Cathar and nurtured ambitions of restoring that faith, which had been cruelly destroyed in the fires of the Inquisition. His journeys on assignment for the Reich--including researching an alleged entrance to Hollow Earth in Iceland and searching for the true mission of Lucifer in the caves of southern France that served as refuge for the Cathars during the Inquisition--also led to his disenchantment with his employers and his mysterious death in the mountains after his break with the Nazis.

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Speculation still surrounds Otto Rahn and his research. From an early age, Rahn became interested in the legends of Parzival , the Holy Grail , Lohengrin and the Nibelungenlied. In , he travelled to the Pyrenees region of southern France where he conducted most of his research. Aided by the French mystic and historian Antonin Gadal , Rahn argued that there was a direct link between Wolfram von Eschenbach 's Parzival and the Cathar Grail mystery.

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