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By Juliette Wood

The sacred attract of the Holy Grail has interested writers and ensnared knights for over one thousand years. From Malory to Monty Python, the everlasting chalice―said to be the very cup from which Christ drank on the final Supper―has the richest institutions of any icon in British delusion. many various meanings were devised for the Grail, which has been associated with the Celts and King Arthur, the eucharistic rites of japanese Christianity, historical secret religions, Jungian archetypes, dualist heresies, Templar treasure or even the alleged descendants of Christ himself and Mary Magdalene. the typical thread working via a majority of these tales is the belief that the Grail legend has a unmarried resource with a which means that―if purely shall we decode it―is hid within the romances themselves. That which means has turn into the topic of coded, mystery records and is the principal characteristic of an enormous conspiracy supposedly stretching again to the sunrise of western civilization. Juliette wooden right here finds the elusive and embedded value of the Grail tale in well known consciousness―as fable, medieval romance, tangible holy relic and at last because the centre of an esoteric conception of world conspiracy. the writer indicates how a number of interpretations of the Grail, over the centuries, replicate altering cultural wishes and wishes. Her booklet will enthral those that, like Sir Perceval, search to release the mysterious secrets and techniques of western mythology's such a lot impressive and tantalising enigma, and may satisfaction scholars of historical past, delusion and faith alike.

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