By Juliette Wood
"What is the key of the Grail?" So intoned a heavenly voice to Sir Percival in John Boorman's fashionable and influential film Excalibur (1981). The sacred attract of the Holy Grail has involved writers and ensnared knights for over 1000 years. From Malory to Monty Python, the everlasting chalice--said to be the very cup from which Christ drank on the final Supper--has the richest institutions of any icon in British delusion. many alternative meanings were devised for the Grail, which has been associated with the Celts and King Arthur, the eucharistic rites of jap Christianity, historical secret religions, Jungian archetypes, dualist heresies, Templar treasure or even the alleged descendants of Christ himself and Mary Magdalene. the typical thread operating via these types of tales is the idea that the Grail legend has a unmarried resource with a that means that--if merely shall we decode it--is hid within the romances themselves. That that means has develop into the topic of coded, mystery records and is the vital function of an enormous conspiracy supposedly stretching again to the sunrise of western civilization. Juliette wooden right here unearths the elusive and embedded importance of the Grail tale in well known consciousness--as delusion, medieval romance, tangible holy relic and eventually because the centre of an esoteric concept of world conspiracy. the writer exhibits how a number of interpretations of the Grail, over the centuries, mirror altering cultural wishes and wishes. Her publication will enthrall those that, like Sir Percival, search to release the mysterious secrets and techniques of western mythology's so much outstanding and tantalizing enigma, and may satisfaction scholars of heritage, delusion and faith alike.