Key words£ºKing Arthur, knight, Holy Grail, Sangreal, quest  
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Genre£ºlegend Topic£ºKing Arthur Words:320
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One day the Grail appeared to the knights
as they were gathered around the Round Table.

The quest for the Holy Grail

Author£ºLinda Casselman Source£º  
Nation£ºEngland Date£º2008-9-3

(The Achievement of the Grail,
1891-1894,Tapestry by Edward Burne-Jones,
Museum and Art Gallery of Birmingham,
The three knights were Galahad, Bors, and Percival)

The Holy Grail or Sangreal was believed to be the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, and it was the cup that caught Christ's blood when he was thrust in the side with a spear at his crucifixion. Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy man who allowed Christ to be placed in his tomb, is said to have brought the cup with him to Britain, but it was later lost. It was said that the cup disappeared because of the sins of the times, but many believed it to be hidden, and still in England. The Quest for the Holy Grail then was to find this divine cup.

One day the Grail appeared to the knights as they were gathered around the Round Table. It was a dazzling and profound spectacle of light that touched each knight spiritually filling them with wisdom and generosity and leaving them speechless. The Grail filled the hall with delicious odours and that night, the knights feasted and drank as they had never done before. The fervour for the Grail had begun! According to legend, the holy cup was housed in the Grail castle, Carbonek, a heavenly otherworld guarded by the most beautiful, wondrous, and enchanting spirits.

Curiously, one seat in particular always remained empty at the Round Table. It was known as the Siege Perilous as anyone who sat there was instantly swallowed up by the earth and never seen again. The seat was indeed special as it was reserved for the one who would find the Holy Grail, and for that one alone.

When Sir Galahad arrived in King Arthur's court and took his place in the Siege Perilous at the Round Table, the Quest for the Holy Grail began - much to King Arthur's dismay, however, for he feared the loss of many of his bravest and best knights. Indeed, many knights set forth on this noble quest, but only a few returned.



1. What is the Holy Grail? 

2. Why did King Arthur's knights go to quest the Holy Grail?

3. Why was Arthur sad when his knights began the quest the Holy Grail?


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