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What is the Holy Grail A chalice A philosophers stone The bloodline of Christ In Arthurian romances the quest for the ever-elusive Holy Grail and the secrets therein was the highest spiritual pursuit one could embark on In todays times it is a mental rather than a physical journey and while not fraught with the danger it once was it is still for all practical purposes an exciting and adventurous journey To discover the truth of the identity of the Holy Grail one must first look to see what it originally was and how it evolved to become what is commonly known as the Holy Grail today There are many ways of doing this For example one can look at it through the romances concerned mainly with the quest for the Grail and the heroes in it or through the romances whose chief concern was the history and lore surrounding the Grail itself Both examples will be addressed The best way to start any adventure is from the beginning thus this is where the paper shall start and then continue to move chronologically through time and the development of the Grail stories Perceval ou Conte del Graal Perceval or the Story of the Grail written by Chretien de Troyes around the year 1180 is regarded by many as the oldest of the Grail romances The first glimpse of the grail is at a castle inhabited by a maimed King and also known as the Fisher King He is a man in perpetual torment who sustained a mysterious wound in the thigh caused by the thrust of a javelin The Kings unhealing wound subsequently causes the country around the castle to become
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