The Untold Truth About The Holy Grail
According to the documentary below, The Untold Truth About the Holy Grail the actual honest-to-goodness Holy Grail is located in a Cathedral in Valencia Spain. Having visited that Cathedral, and specifically the side chapel housing the Chalice, I can say there is a distinct holy "feel" to that room. Watching this most interesting Documentary about the real history of the Holy Grail, I found it more than interesting that the Documentary settled on this Chalice in Valencia as being most likely to be the actual Holy Grail. There are so many purported Grail's, and the modern day rendition of the Holy Grail Legend is so disconnected from real history that one might think the whole idea is a complete fiction. But, as is often the case, there is a real story one should endeavor to understand, and this Documentary seems to do a good job.
The Grail before Christianity -- Celtic practices
The first thing to understand is that the Grail Legend predates Christianity. Instead many aspects of the Grail Legend derive from Celtic traditions. For example, when a Celtic leader (King) died their sword and other objects would be thrown into a sacred lake. That is exactly what happened to King Arthur's sword in the Grail Legend.
And, speaking of King Arthur's sword (Excalibur), the Celts had a sort of sword against which the Romans could not compete. The Celts used an iron long sword giving an advantage in battle, because the warrior could use the sword to hold their opponent further away. The Romans, on the other hand, used short swords requiring close-in fighting. Hence, any Celtic warrior would seem to possess a magical sword giving extra fighting capability. And, indeed, Excalibur was described in such a way.
As for legends that the Grail came to England, the Documentary describes a couple likely spots. But that's before it pivots to explaining the most likely location for the Grail as being in the Pyrenees, along the pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago leading to Santiago de Compostela.
The Grail in England
Getting back to what the Documentary says about the Grail Legend in England ... first is a King Arthur in the 400-500's who successfully fought off the "barbarians" who came from the North. The issue was that the Romans withdrew from England, and once they did no troops were manning Hadrian's Wall. That allowed the so-called "Barbarians" (a.k.a. Scots) to travel south. Thus the idea of King Arthur uniting England was due to the necessity of fighting off these supposed Barbarians.
Three locations are mentioned in the Documentary -- The first being Glastonsbury, and the Abbey there for which Grail Legend claims go back a thousand years or more. The second is Tintagel Castle in Cornwall which likewise has a long association with the Grail Legend. And, Cadbury Castle is named as the most likely location for Camelot.
The Grail in Spain
How did the Grail get to England? It's not clear, however there are strong indications that Joseph of Arimathea could easily have come to Southern France or the Pyrenees and left the Grail there. Or, for that matter, another legend talks of it being kept in the Italian Peninsula for several centuries, before being brought to a location in the Eastern Pyrenees.
Did the Cathar's hold the Holy Grail at Montsegur? If so, does that explain why the Pope launched a Crusade against the Cathar's to wipe them out? They did have ahold of something which was moved to a safer place before the final wiping-out of the Cathar's.
One clue is a statement in the legend of Percival. The original author of that legend, a German Knight of the order of the Templar, was taught by a man named Kiot which is a diminuitive of Guilliam. Evidence of that person is in books stored in Toledo Spain.
Evidence of the author of the "original story of the Grail" exists in the Cathedral in Toledo. Books written by Guilliam of Narbonne, a scribe from the South of France. The document was commissioned by Queen Araka, wife of King Alfonso I. He ruled over Aragon and Navarra in the 12th Century. This was a period in which Veneration of the Grail reached its first Peak.
The Church of San Pedro el Viejo was frequented by King Alfonso I, and is long associated with the Grail. The name Anfortus from the Grail Legend is associated with Alfonso, raising the possibility that Alfonso somehow caused the Grail Legend to exist.
Another association is the lingering wound suffered by Anfortus. Alfonso also had a lingering wound at the end of his life.
In the Legend, the person who was to bring relief to the Grail King was Percival. In the story, Percival journeyed for many years before finding the mysterious castle of Anfortus. The name Percival is also associated with Alfonso - who had a Cousin who was a Count nicknamed Perche Val.
The "Grail Castle" is described in the legend as being hidden from sight. This is a paradox because Castle's are generally meant to be imposing places plainly visible to everyone. "A Castle that was invisible" would be "utterly unimaginable" to people of the Middle Ages. However, in the Pyrenees there is a path that seems to lead nowhere, and one suddenly finds a castle that is utterly hidden against the base of a cliff. The Fortified Abbey of San Juan de la Pena.
The "mortally wounded" King Alfonso I was taken to this Castle. A stone chalice had been kept in this Castle, and in the 1400's it was given to the Cathedral in Valencia by Alfonso V of Aragon.
That Chalice has been dated by Archeologists to the 1st Century.
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