Holy Blood, Holy Grail - Part 3, Chapter 11, The Holy Grail Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter 11, The Holy Grail Summary

The Legend of the Holy Grail. Most of the early romances regarding the Grail tend to revolve around agriculture cycles and fertility. It was not until later that the Grail became associated with Christianity and Jesus. From 1188, the Grail Romances were voluminous despite Church disapproval, then disappeared for more than a hundred years after the Templars were disbanded, only to begin again and to stay around until modern time. By the fifteenth century the Grail was believed to be a cup; the cup used at the Last Supper and the cup in which Joseph of Arimathea caught Jesus's blood in at the Crucifixion. The cup was then taken to Marseilles with the Magdalene after the Crucifixion, although early stories do not refer to the Grail as a cup.

One of the first genuine Grail romances...

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