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She [Lilith] rides astride the Beast ... In her right she holds aloft the cup, the Holy Grail aflame with love and death. Aleister Crowley
Did Jesus travel to England? And does the cup from the last supper – the Holy Grail – hold the key which could unlock the secrets of his missing years? Mysteries of the Bible s3e10: The Lost Years of Jesus, A&E 1996
Back in 1979 the Priory’s Grandmaster, Pierre Plantard de St Clair, claimed that the early Merovingian kings of France had married the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene creating a Saint Royal – a royal bloodline, the true Holy Grail. Bruce Burgess, Bloodline
The Grail Legend: [Karl] Rahm believed it [The Grail] was hidden in the caves of southern France. Himmler was drawn to Rahm’s knowledge of the occult. And his life-long pursuit of the Grail ... Rahm would continue his quest for the Holy Grail only now as a knight of the Nazi Party. Himmler personally funded Rahm’s expeditions. Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy, Discovery 1998
Himmler sent his men on a quest for the most precious religious relic in the world: the Gospel of the Holy Grail. Nazi Gospels, Military Channel 2012
The Da Vinci Code – an explosive murder mystery that claims to reveal the two thousand year old secret of the Holy Grail. Its release caused worldwide controversy. Da Vinci Code: The True Story, Channel 5 2013
They burrowed down for over ninety meters – straight down through solid rock. They knew precisely where to dig. Where did that information come from? Dr Tim Wallace-Murphy
The Holy Grail is quite specific to the Crusading period. Every leading poet of the day was writing Grail romances. It was a huge explosion of Grail literature around the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th. That’s the sacred relic that the Templars are most associated with. The first Grail romance was written by a man called Chretien de Troyes, who lived in the City of Troy, which is where the Templars essentially came from. We can date Chretien’s story of the Grail to towards the end of the Templar’s time in Jerusalem. Sean Martin
But there is one sacred object above all others that has become intertwined with the legend of the Knights Templar; it was mentioned by the German poet Wolfram von Eschenbach in his epic Parzival. Writing in the 13th century he claimed that some formidable fighting men were guarding an object that many would die to possess: the Holy Grail. Decoding the Past s1e17: The Templar Code, History 2005
It is the most fabled of all the Christian relics. Its history is mysterious. And its legend exerts continued fascination. It is the Holy Grail. The sacred chalice said to have been used by Christ and the Apostles at the last supper. Decoding the Past s1e29: Relics of the Passion
Behold, Arthur, this is the Holy Grail. Look well, Arthur. For it is your sacred task to seek this Grail. That is your purpose, Arthur. The quest for the Holy Grail. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1974 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Eric Idle & Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Neil Innes & Connie Booth & Carol Cleveland & John Young & Rita Davies et al, directors Gilliam & Jones, God to Arthur
King Arthur: Go and tell your master that we have been charged by God with a sacred quest. If he will give us food and shelter for the night, he can join us in our quest for the Holy Grail.
French Soldier: Well I’ll ask him, but I don’t think he will be very keen. Uh, he’s already got one, you see. ibid.
Many people think the Holy Grail still exists. The story is this: after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea came to Britain and brought the Holy Grail with him. And he left it at Glastonbury when he died. It stayed there until 1539 when Henry VIII’s men came to sack that abbey. And the abbot ordered the monks to flee with the precious cup into Wales, and here the cup stayed. What’s Happening to Camelot? BBC 1969
It’s not just a cup. It’s an object of enormous spiritual significance and power. If it is found it is the archaeological and religious event of the last two thousand years. Simon Kirk, University of Bristol
The earliest Grail story is a poem in which Arthur and his men go in quest of a magical vessel, a cauldron ... The story of the quest is taken up in the Middle Ages and the vessel is turned into a Christian object. But certainly there is a pagan background here. Dr Geoffrey Ashe, historian
They wouldn’t have bothered about a cup. Gerald Morgan, author Nateos, House of History
The grand legend has everything a legend needs. It has death, disaster, crusades, resurrection – you name it. Dr Juliette Wood, Cardiff University
The Templars are the favourites right now for the finders of the Holy Grail. Dr Juliette Wood
The Holy Grail that we know today is most definitely a creation of the twelfth century romance writing. There can be no doubt about that whatsoever. Michael Blackburn, author The Knights Templar
The so-called Holy Grail is actually a set of higher magical teachings; it is not an object, but a piece of information. Utterly Kabbalistic in its origin, the Holy Grail is the highest Kabbalistic secret. That is that physical matter can be transformed molecule by molecule by the use of incantations of ancient Hebrew letters and numbers. And that the nature of reality is really an illusion. Chris Everard
In 1906 Wellesley Tudor Poll a local mystic had a vision of the Grail under water in Glastonbury. He knew of a well in the Abbey. When he dug beneath it he found a small glass bowl ... Thousands of people come to visit it every year. In Search of the Holy Grail, 2003
It’s a small stone cup that’s been hidden away in Spanish monasteries for centuries – the … Valencia Cup. According to legend St Peter took it to Rome in the first century A.D. ... The Pope sent it to Spain for safe-keeping. Today it’s the only Holy Grail officially recognised by the Vatican. ibid.
One claimant that has not fared so well is housed in the Cathedral of Genoa in Italy. It’s a large emerald-green glass dish. ibid.
The third serious contender for the true Grail is also thought to be a Crusader relic. Brought back from the Holy Land and taken to Rosslyn Chapel, spiritual home to an ancient order – the Knights Templar. ibid.
The fourth contender for the true Holy Grail takes us to Aberystwyth on the West Coast of Wales ... An ancient wooden cup said to possess healing powers and believed by some to be the true Holy Grail. ibid.
According to the experts the Great Chalice of Antioch was made somewhere between 500 and 550 A.D. And the engravings are believed to be the earliest known depictions of Christ and the Twelve Disciples at the Last Supper. ibid.
The legendary King Arthur set off on a mysterious voyage to find the magic cauldron. The Holy Grail
The chalice and the wine became symbols of eternal life. ibid.
Arthur commanded his faithful followers to search for the Holy Grail. ibid.
A lot of people believe the Knights Templar brought the Grail here, and that a mysterious church was built to hide it in – Rosslyn Chapel. Richard Hammond & the Holy Grail, BBC 2006
Symbolism of the Cup is complex beginning with matriarchal images of the womb vessel in passing on to its patriarchal replacement another kind of blood-filled chalice of resurrection. The Cup remained; the blood was masculinised. Barbara Walker, A Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects