8.12.2012


The Legend of King Arthur

The Holy Grail is the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper and which was used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch Christ's blood as he hung on the cross. The Holy Grail was introduced into the King Arthur legends by Robert de Boron in his romance Joseph d'Arimathie which was probably written at the very end of the twelfth century or the first decade of the thirteenth.

King Arthur, who was he? Depending on the source he might be a late Roman, a Celt; a king, a general, or a guerilla warrior fighting the Saxons, the Romans...

King Arthur may have fought a number of battles from Badon to his death perhaps at Camlann.

The King Arthur of legend probably would have lived in post-Roman Britain. At a time when there was a power vacuum in Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries, the British had to defend themselves against several invasions. The most worrying of these invaders were the Angles and Saxons from northern Europe. It is during this fight for the control of Britain that the historical figure is thought to have lived.

In earlier sources the word "grail" comes from the Latin gradale, which meant a dish brought to the table during various stages (Latin "gradus") or courses of a meal.

In medieval romance, the Holy Grail was said to have been brought to Glastonbury in Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, though one would assume that to be an unlikely thing for him to have done. In the time of King Arthur the quest for the Holy Grail was the highest spiritual pursuit for a knight.

Perceval is the knight who must achieve the quest for the Grail.

http://arcadiasystems.org/academia/arthur.html (a visual of this Great Story)

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