The Holy Grail – Caleb Mangalon

The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail

Shoeing in the middle ages Part 2: research report

The Holy Grail:

It is said that the ‘Holy Grail’ had held the blood of Christ when he died on the cross; legend says that it was brought by Joseph of Arimathea when he preached Christianity in England. As far back as the first century, the Fisher kings, or the grail keepers, were known custodians of the Holy Grail in the Castle of Corbenic. It was told that it held the power to heal any wound and held the knowledge of God, ‘A spiritual essence’.

The place where the Holy Grail was kept was said to be a castle or temple, the grail is identified with the words of Paul, “I live no longer, Christ lives in me.” The story teaches that this incredible grace is available to all those who seek it, even those who have refused it in the past.

The very nature of the Holy Grail is surrounded by different stories. Some claim it was the cup, dish or plate that Christ drank from at the last supper. Others claim that it was the cup that Joseph collected the blood of Christ with while he was dying on the cross. Most people believe that the most likely place that Joseph had hidden the Holy Grail was in Glastonbury in Britain.

The word “Grail” comes from the Latin ‘gradale’, which meant a dish brought to the table during a meal. “Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival” considers the grail a stone which provides sustenance and stops anyone who is in possession of it from dying within a week.

In the time of King Arthur, the Holy Grail was the highest spiritual pursuit.

according to legend, a while after Christs death, Joseph of Arimathea (Jesus’ grand uncle) was put in a rock tomb prison much like Jesus was in after he had died, left to starve, he was sustained for several years by the power of the Grail which provided him with fresh food and drink every morning. Later, Joseph travelled to Britain with his family and several followers. He settled at Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury), but the Grail was taken to Corbenic where it was housed in a spectacular castle, guarded always by the Grail Kings, descendants of Joseph’s daughter, Anna (Enygeus) and her husband, Brons.

Centuries later, the location of the Great Castle of Corbenic became forgotten, At the Court of King Arthur, however, it was prophesied that the Grail would one day be rediscovered by a descendant of Joseph. Through many adventures and many years, the Knights of the Round Table crossed Britain from one end to another in their search. Perceval (Peredyr) discovered the castle in a land that was sickly like its spear-wounded King. When entertained by this “Fisher” or “Grail King”, however, he failed to ask of the grail and left empty-handed. The word is probably comes from the Old French word graal meaning a “broad and capacious dish or salver”. Though usually thought of as being a cup or chalice, the Grail has indeed been variously described as a platter, dish, a cornucopia, horn of plenty or even a book or a stone. Old Welsh Cors, meaning “Horn,” the Horn of Plenty as the Grail is sometimes described may have become confused with the Old French Corps, producing Corps-Benoit meaning “Holy Body,” i.e. the Body of Christ.

the holy grail has been a mistery ever since, and will be for long a time…

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One Comment on “The Holy Grail – Caleb Mangalon”

  1. swoonie says:

    Great diorama. Where’s the written component?