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Below are a small selection of books that will give you a background in understanding some of the mysteries surrounding the San Graal, or Holy Grail. In all celtic lands there are Holy Grail, San Graal or St. Greal traditions, and more often than not these are interwoven with tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Some traditions maintain that the Holy Grail was the cup, or chalice of the 'last supper' story in the new testament of the christian Bible. Others maintain that the san graal was the Cauldron of Caridwen of the ancient Welsh tradition, and that these had been christianised, and deliberately mystified, in order to break the link with the ancient druidic traditions and rituals that were still in daily practice well into medieval times - practices that the christian church in it's many manifestations were very determined to stamp out.

Seen as a challenge to the 'authority' of the christian church, the suppression of the 'old ways' resulted in the appalling brutality of the 'witchcraft' hysteria that historical records tell us was whipped up by catholic and protestant priests alike - hysteria which culminated in the 'burning at the stake' of countless unfortunate souls over many centuries in many lands. What has been uncovered in more recent times about the grail is that numerous 'secret societies' and 'orders of fraternity' have existed at various periods throughout the past 1500 years, each claiming to be the rightful 'guardians of the grail', and each claiming some form of 'divine authority'.

The Morien Institute takes the simple view that the various grail legends most likely originate within the bodies of ancient knowledge that were passed down through the generations in oral traditions in the celtic lands. That in line with common practice they were 'encoded' in the form of stories, or riddle-poems, and that what survives today is an odd mixture of these interwoven with half-forgotten historial facts that have been corrupted with the passage of time.

To suit the purposes of a christian priesthood of dubious integrity wishing to attract devout but gullible pilgrims to various shrines, many grail legends were embelished, and 'localised' in areas such as the town of Glastonbury in south-west England, where the false claim of the grave of King Arthur still persists to this day.

 

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"Perceval: The Tale of the Grail" by Chretien de Troyes, Burton Raffel (Translator)

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"The story of the Grail. Perceval progresses from a naive boyhood in rural seclusion to a position of high respect as a knight at King Arthur's court. Acclaimed for his sensitive and faithful translations of the work of Chr_tien de Troyes, Burton Raffel here completes the fifth and last of the French poet`s influential Arthurian poems. Chrtien`s unfinished Perceval introduces the story of the Grail and follows Perceval`s progress from a boyhood in rural seclusion to knighthood and high respect at King Arthur`s court."

 

"The Quest of the Holy Grail (Penguin Classics)" by Pauline Maud Matarasso (Translator)

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"Before reading The Quest of the Holy Grail, one must remember that it is a work of Medieval literature, not a popular novel. With that proviso in mind, this complex and highly allegorical work will delight those interested in the Medieval quest for the Holy Grail--but it will disappoint those wanting a modern page-turner. It is also interesting to compare this volume from the French "Vulgate" Cycle with Malory's later version of the Grail Quest in his Le Morte D'Arthur. Malory streamlines the intricate interlacing of the French version to produce a more compelling read but loses much of the deeper religious symbolism of his source. For those readers willing to delve into Medieval religious allegory I would highly recommend The Quest of the Holy Grail."

 

"The Book of the Holy Grail" by Joseph of Arimathea, J. R. Ploughman (Editor), Henry C. Mercer (Translator)

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"Written down from angelic inspiration in A.D. 54 by Joseph of Arimathea, the earthly father of Jesus, The Book of the Holy Grail has been an unpublished manuscript for 1,945 years. Revealed only in shattered pieces by an outlawed royal lineage protected by the world's most successful conspiracy, its secrets have influenced all of modern human history, from the rise of Christianity to the founding of the United States. It reveals the origins of the universe, the sources of good and evil, and the purpose of human life. Its authenticity can be validated mathematically in American English, independent of its original language or historical documents.It was first translated into English by Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and himself a Grand Master, the Strict Observance--Knights Templar, The United Orders of the American Rite. This is the Bible of Gnostic Christianity, the original source for the legends of the Holy Grail, of Freemasonry, even of the Mormon Church. Its text contains the most attacked and suppressed alternative gospel of the life of Jesus."

 

"The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ" by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince

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"In a remarkable achievement of historical detective work that is destined to become a classic, authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, and the occult to discover the truth behind an underground religion with roots in the first century that survives even today. Chronicling their fascinating quest for truth through time and space, the authors reveal an astonishing new view of the real motives and character of the founder of Christianity, as well as the actual historical -- and revelatory -- roles of John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented, The Templar Revelation presents a secret history, preserved through the centuries but encoded in works of art and even in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, whose final chapter could shatter the foundation of the Christian Church."

 

"Genesis of the Grail Kings: The Pendragon Legacy of Adam and Eve" by Lawrence Gardner

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"From beneath the windswept sands of ancient Mesopotarnia comes the documented legacy of the creation chamber of the heavenly Anunnaki. Here is the story of the clinical cloning of Adam and Eve, which predates Bible scripture by more than 2,000 years. From cuneiform texts, cylinder seals, and suppressed archives, best-selling historian and distinguished genealogist Laurence Gardner tells the ultimate story of the alchemical bloodline of the Holy Grail, including: -Hidden secrets of the Tables of Testimony -Anti-gravitational science of the pyramid pharaohs -A history of God and the lords of eternity -Disclosures of the Phoenix and the Philosophers' Stone -The superconductive powers of monatomic gold -A genetic key to the evolutionary Missing Link -Active longevity and the Star Fire magic of Eden."

 

"Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed" by Laurence Gardner

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"From royal and suppressed archives comes documented proof of the heritage of Jesus in the West and the long awaited discovery of the Holy Grail. In fulfilling this time-honored quest, penetrating new light is cast upon the Grail Code of Service and the venerated feminine element, upheld in chivalry but forsaken by the Church in order to forge a male dominated society. This unique work offers revelatory insight concerning the descendent heirs of Jesus and his brother James while, in documenting a hidden legacy of the Messiah, it unveils hitherto guarded facts about characters such as Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea. Tracing the sacred lineage through centuries of persecution and Inquisition, Bloodline of the Holy Grail reveals a systematic suppression of authentic records and a strategic manipulation of the New Testament Gospels."

 

"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown

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"While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others"

 

"Hidden Church of the Holy Graal (1909)" by Arthur Edward Waite

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"1909. It's Legends and Symbolism. Considered in their Affinity with Certain Mysteries of Initiation and other Traces of a Secret Tradition in Christian Times. Contents: Roots of the House of Meaning; Mysteries of the Holy Graal in Manifestation and Removal; Early Epochs of the Quest; Lesser Chronicles of the Holy Graal; Grater Chronicles of the Holy Graal; German Cycle of the Holy Graal; Holy Graal in the Light of the Cletic Church; Mystic Aspects of the Graal Legene; secret Tradition in Christian Times; Secret Church; Bibliography of the Holy Graal."

 

"The Holy Graal" by Richard Hovey

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"It had been Richard Hovey's intention to complete his notable Arthurian series in nine dramas, of which only four had been published at the time of his death. He left fragmentary portions in manuscript of all the remaining five, and these fragments have been edited and arranged, with notes, by his widow, as the only possible attempt toward completion of this matchless monument of American verse. There is an unusual interest in this book of fragments, in that it throws new light on the whole series of masques and dramas which he originally projected under the title Launcelot and Guenevere, A Poem in Dramas."

 

"Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts" by James L. Garlow & Peter Jones

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"The controversy grows with every sale of the bestselling novel. Throughout the contemporary fictional storyline of The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown skillfully weaves "historical" assertions intended to shake the very foundations of Christianity:

* Was Jesus merely human and not divine?
* Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene marry and have children?
* Is there a Holy Grail? If so, what is it and where can it be found?

Cracking Da Vinci's Code is the long-awaited answer to these and other questions that may have troubled you–or readers you know. Authors James L. Garlow and Peter Jones present compelling evidence that Brown's assertions are not only historically inaccurate, but may also contain a hidden agenda."

 

"Orders of the Quest: The Holy Grail" by Manly P. Hall

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"History comes alive in this fascinating story of the descent of the secret doctrine of antiquity in Europe from the collapse of the Pagan Mysteries to the end of the Age of Chivalry. The account begins with Manes, whose philosophy has survived into modern times as the impelling force behind Christian Mysticism. The glory of the Guilds unfolds the traditions of the first organization to put into solemn practice the concept of the brotherhood of man. The troubadour, minnesinger, and meistersinger are considered, as well as the troubled story of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem. Taliesin, the Adept of Britain, finds his proper place in the descent of the wisdom of the Druids and the secret assemblies of Wales. Through Merlin, the magician, the reader meets King Arthur and there is an interpretation of the Round Table legendry. The wonderful stories of the Holy Grail, the Grail Kings, Parsifal, and Lohengrin are discussed, as well as early Christian contacts with China and other Eastern lands."

"Quest for the Grail - The Western Path"

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"Merlin, Arthur & the Holy Grail"

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"Journey's Of The Grail"

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"Legends Of The Isles - Merlin The Wizard/The Holy Grail/Stonehenge"

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"The Legend of King Arthur - In Search of Merlin"

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"Biography: King Arthur - His Life and Legends"

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"Biography: Mary Magdalene - The Hidden Apostle"

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