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Waldorf Education Resources Series

Parsifal and the Search for the Grail

March 2003
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st March 2003
  • ISBN 9780863153792
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.

Parsifal (or Sir Percival) was a Knight of King Arthur, and his story was told by the troubadours of France and Germany, notably Chrétien de Troyes and Wolfram von Eschenbach. The Parsifal story stands between the past age that looked for secrets of the spirit and the coming age that was going to search for the secrets of matter. In the Waldorf education curriculum this story is recommended for Class 11 (age 16–17) as a way of introducing world literature and one of the central problems of our time—the imperative to learn to ask the right questions.

Charles Kovacs

Charles Kovacs (1907–2001) was born in Vienna, Austria. He left in 1938 and joined the British Army in East Africa. After the War he settled in Britain, and in 1956 he took over a class at the Rudolf Steiner School in Edinburgh, where he remained a class teacher until his retirement in 1976. He died in 2001. His extensive lesson notes have been a useful and inspiring resource material for many teachers; he also gave over 300 lectures to adults and was in demand as a speaker. He is the author of numerous books for Waldorf teaching, as well as The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals and The Apocalypse in Rudolf Steiner's Lecture Series.