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The Grail
Author: John Matthews

ISBN: 9780764158674
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1 June 2006
Dimensions (cm): 24.587 x 19.253 x 2.057
What is the Grail - a stone, a chalice, or an enduring idea? Why have men and women sought after and struggled over it for centuries? What does it mean for us today?

This riveting account of the Grail's secret history examines the mysterious relic's meaning and purpose. It looks at popular misconceptions and traces the Grail's tale from the earliest foreshadowings in Greek and Vedic myth, through the Arthurian cycles of the Middle Ages and Christian literature to theories of the present day.

Fictional accounts of the Grail top best seller lists around the world, but the real truth is far more exciting. This entertaining and informative book seeks to trace the evolution of the Grail myth from the prehistoric religious beliefs of our distant ancestors to the present day.

Historian and Grail scholar John Matthews shows how the ideas of sacred vessels in ancient creation tales flowed into the visionary writings of the Celts. Through them, the Grail idea entered the great melting pot of Western mysticism and Christian theology that produced the first stories featuring the Grail in a form that we recognize today.

He explains in fascinating ...

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