This last claim may seem a little overstated; if so, it probably belongs alongside Barry Emslie's curious notion that the relationship between Parsifal and Amfortas
is "more overly loving and lofty" than any other in the drama (p.
, suffering an unhealing wound through having committed the unspeakable sin of succumbing to seduction, can appear whingeing and exasperating.
The grail turns out to be a young boy in a loincloth, whom Amfortas
carefully stabs in the side with a surgeon's scalpel.
won Ascot's Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at 66-1.
The hole it left might even be compared to the wound suffered by the knight Amfortas
that lies at the heart of this meditative musical drama of faith, compassion and spiritual renewal.
The theme of the healing power of love is one that Wagner made use of in many of his operas, and in his last opera, Parsifal, the wound that will not heal is made explicit in the character of Amfortas
Robert Hayward's Amfortas
, equally powerful, remained a tragic role.
Hitler interpreted the wound of King Amfortas
in Parsifal as racial impurity, and was probably misinterpreting Wagner.
Titurel's sire Amfortas
won the same race for Brittain in 1996 at odds of 66-1.
The Newmarket handler is in a rich vein of form at the moment - emphasised by Dutch Gold's Chester Vase success on Tuesday - and is hopeful the Amfortas
colt can improve on his recent fourth to Shield in the Sandown Classic Trial to book his place in the Vodafone Derby next month.
In his own recent book The Unhealed Wound, Kennedy looks at the ancient Grail myth of Parsifal, the hero who heals the sexual wound of King Amfortas
, as a way to understand the sexual problems in the church today.
One horse missing from Ascot this year will be Amfortas
, shock 66-1 winner of last season's King Edward VII Stakes.