May 28th, 2006

Origins of Holy Grail Myth

Chr├ętien de Troye (1150-1190) is possibly the greatest French novelist of the Middle Ages. He started writing the novels of the Arthurian saga at the court of Marie de Champagne and the characters of Merlin, Lancelot, Arthur, Guenievre and Parsival were soon to inspire countless lesser authors of the lower Middle Ages. The unfinished tale of the Grail binds the knights of the Round Table to the legend of the Holy Grail.

The symbolical quest for the mystical cup that contained the blood of Christ was understood by literary critics as an appeal to the warring knights of his time: cease your futile quarrels for land, possessions or women and seek a loftier goal: find your true identity and find true love. Rediscovered after World War Two, the opus of Chr├ętien de Troyes continues to fascinate the many researchers who attempted to decipher the true meaning of the tale of the Grail.

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