I was watching one of the Indiana Jones movies, The Last Crusade. It’s the one where Indiana Jones is on a search for the Holy Grail. So it got me to thinking about the mystery of it all.
King Arthur and the Holy Grail are both real and legendary at the same time. The truth is all very difficult to decipher from the folk lore. According to legend the Grail had appeared to King Arthur and his knights like magic. It would give each person food and a sense of sacred mystery before it would just up and disappear. Of course there was so much to gain from it’s presence, the quest to find it again became a passion after it’s disappearance. The search thus created a wild collection of stories that would be an account of each knights quest to find the Holy Grail.
Who was King Arthur
So who was the actual King Arthur we hear about in story books and legends? The real Kind Arthur was actually a Celtic chieftain who had risen to power some time between 400 and 500 A.D. The Romans had withdrawn from Great Britain and this left the country open to attack by the Saxons. During these battles Arthur was an extreme warrior and a very good horseman. He wound up winning many battles which lead to his leadership. After which his story simply vanished and became nothing more than legends.
There were many tales of King Arthur that grew and spread by word of mouth through the many storytellers of the time. It was Geoffrey of Monmouth who first wrote the tales of King Arthur in 1136. His work was entitled “History of the Kings of Britain”. The great magician Merlin was said to of predicted Arthur’s birth which was preceded by a massive comet passing by the Earth.
These wonderful tales soon developed to contain Arthur’s court at Camelot and the great Knights of the Round Table. The round table apparently was crafted from the advice of Merlin. It was made round so all the knights would be able to sit at the table and remain equal. Meaning there would be no “head of the table”. There are also many tales of Arthur that include his queen Guinevere and his magical sword Excalibur. It was also written that he had a son by the enchantress Morgan le Fay. It was by his son Mordred’s hand he was said to of been killed.
The Mystery Behind the Holy Grail
Normally the Holy Grail is rumored to of been used by Jesus at the Last Supper. This is supposed to be the cup he shared with his disciples that gathered at the table with him. The cup was evidently used by Jesus’s uncle Joseph of Arimathea to catch droplets of blood from Jesus during his crucifixion. After which he hid it in Glastonbury, England where it would soon disappear.
Although this is the most well known story of the Grail, earlier stories consider the Grail to be magical. The cup is supposed to contain the gift of knowledge and is able to revive the dead. But does the Grail truly exist? Some people say it is merely a spiritual piece used as symbolism for stories of great inspiration.
It is said that only a person that is pure in heart will ever be able to find it. But one thing is certain, whether real or not, it remains a powerful and mysteries object that has either been lost or is hidden and not meant to be found. Even if found, they say you have to pass Grail guardians and they will only reveal it’s location to a select trusted few.
Of course where there is good, there is also evil. So there are a great many folks with evil intentions on a constant search for the Grail, hoping to use it’s power to do evil deeds. The Grail has actually been sought for over 2,000 years and there is still an ongoing search to this day. They say the cup at the Cathedral of Valencia in Spain is the true Grail, but I tend to disagree. I do not believe a sacred object of this caliber would be that easily discovered.
Some of histories most notorious villains like Adolf Hitler are said to of been searching for the Holy Grail as well as the Ark of the Covenant. He hoped to find himself in a similar position as Kind Arthur and having a round table of his own. Of course history continues to show how the deeds of evil never seem to pan out as planed.
Of course like many unexplained mysteries and legends, we may never know the truth. But it is simply human nature to discover things that are greater than ourselves. I suppose we keep searching because we need to know the answer to the number one question of all time, “What is our purpose here on Earth?”
Please feel free to use the comments below to give us your point of view on Arthur and the Holy Grail, I’m certain one day we will all have the answers we seek.