CHALICE OF MAGDALENE: The Search for the Cup That Held


CHALICE OF MAGDALENE: The Search for the Cup That Held

GRAHAM PHILLIPS    Book Number: 83623    Product format: Paperback

The book intertwines history and myth. The popular Arthurian stories of the Middle Ages depict the Holy Grail as Christ's cup from the Last Supper which was believed to have been endowed with miraculous healing powers and the ability to give eternal life to whomever drank from it. A much earlier tradition however claimed the Grail was the vessel used by Mary Magdalene to collect Christ's blood when he appeared to her after rising from the tomb. While many vessels were claimed to have been the true Grail, there was only one thought to have been the chalice used by Mary. From Jesus's empty tomb where it remained for almost 400 years, this holy relic known as the Marian Chalice was taken to Rome by the mother of the first Christian emperor, Constantine the Great. It was then smuggled from Rome in AD410 according to the 5th century historian Olympiodorus, to save it from the barbarians who sacked the city. Well into the Middle Ages legend persisted that it had been taken to safety in Britain, the last outpost of Rome and civilisation in Western Europe. This journey to England and what happened to the Chalice is the focus of this book. Research uncovers the secret legacy of an ancient noble family and a trail of clues hidden in the English countryside that leads to a mysterious grotto, a forgotten attic, and the lost Chalice. 244pp in large well illustrated softback.
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ISBN 9781591430384
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