Holy Grail, Sangreal, quest
One day the Grail appeared to the knights
as they were gathered around the Round Table.
for the Holy Grail
(The Achievement of
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
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
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?