One Man's Quest for the Holy Grail Ends in a Loft in Rugby
reports, David Keys, The Independent (London, England)
An amateur historian has discovered what may be the original Holy Grail - the vessel believed by the early medieval world to have been used to collect the blood of Christ.
The extraordinary find came to light after seven years of investigations by a Coventry-based historical researcher, Dr Graham Phillips, who tracked the potential "relic" down to a house in Rugby, Warwickshire, where its owner kept it in a box in the loft.
Dr Phillips has unearthed a substantial body of evidence linking the find - a small green onyx cup of possible Roman date - to the Grail legend.
In the medieval Arthurian romances, the Holy Grail was the cup used by the man who buried Jesus - Joseph of Arimathea - to collect Christ's blood. However, the origin of the medieval legend appears to have been a real historical grail "found' in the 4th century AD by the newly-Christianised Roman imperial authorities who turned it into a sacred relic.
According to the 5th century Greek historian, Olympiodorus, this original Holy Grail had been used by Mary Magdalene to collect Christ's blood and was found by the Christian Roman empress, Helena, inside Christ's Holy Sepulchre.
Olympiodorus also recorded that the sacred vessel was first taken to Rome and then in the early 5th century spirited away to Britain to protect it from the barbarians. It is this historical grail - or a later substitute - which appears to have now come to light. Dr Phillips is publishing the evidence in a book,due out next week.
Before Dr Phillips's research work, Helena's historical grail was the only one associated with Mary Magdalene. All other references link the grail, if to anybody, to …
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Publication information: Article title: One Man's Quest for the Holy Grail Ends in a Loft in Rugby. Contributors: reports, David Keys - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: August 11, 1995. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.