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The Truth Within a Myth

Sir Thomas Malory described a small fraction of the myth surrounding the Holy Grail, in his book, Le Morte D'Arthur. In the "The Sangreal", Sir Malory gives an in depth account of The Knights of the Round Table's quest for the ever famous gilded cup. However, the tale of the Holy Grail does not begin nor end there. Within Christianity the form of the Grail is debatable, and throughout society the truth of the Grail is questionable.
In Le Morte D'Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory describes a quest in which the Knights of the Round Table search and fight for the Holy Grail. This quest is particularly trying. As King Arthur said himself, "My lords… never again shall our complete fellowship be assembled at this
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"The most well known [account] is that Joseph… left Jerusalem and sailed to France. Joseph [then]… sailed to England where he set up the first Christian church at Glastonbury. Some legends… tell of him bringing the Cup to Glastonbury, which to this day is still associated with the Grail Legends." (Theories about Grail).
Although the golden chalice is the most recognized Christian Grail, there is a multitude of other theories concerning its true nature. Some believe that the Grail is actually the bloodline of Christ. This is because the "word used for Grail changed subtly many times" (Theories about Grail). It is thought that one of the words used, can be split to mean "Royal Blood" (Theories about Grail). Scholars, such as Walter Stein, have been investigating the possibility of Jesus siring a child or children with Mary Magdalene. These scholars have deduced that Christ's bloodline was mixed with those of the thrones of Europe sometime during the Merovingians dynasty. "There are [now] at least a dozen families in Britain and Europe today—with numerous collateral branches who are of Merovingian lineage" (Holy Blood Holy Grail / Messianic Legacy Connection). Therefore it is believed that Christ's genetic descendants are walking among people of today.
The Grail is also thought to be a stone or large emerald that fell from Lucifer's crown as he was cast out of heaven. "This emerald is said to have been the source of his
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