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of the Grail is the first book to successfully identify both the
historical figures on which the protagonists of the Grail story
is based and the identity of the Grail itself.
of research has unveiled that the Grail account describes the
events of a specific timeframe, 1104 to 1137, in a specific location:
the royal court of Aragon (northern Spain). The main protagonists
are the king’s immediate family and the arrival of his nephew
(Rotrou II de Perche, i.e. Perceval). The latter is confronted
with the king’s court, where the mysterious “Grail”
is the focus of everyone’s attention. Over the years, Perceval’s
repeat visits push him on a slow process of understanding that
will eventually make him into a servant of the Grail himself.
on existing academic research, Philip Coppens has been able to
the characters in the Grail account (Anfortas, Lohengrin, Perceval,
etc.) are real people;
- the Grail is, materialistically, a foundation stone, similar
to the ones found in Mecca and at one time in Jerusalem.
- the story of the Grail is also based on the fourth Hermetic
treatise, known as The Cup, or The Krater. The Grail story is
actually a Western European rendering of a pre-Christian Graeco-Egyptian
religious story on how to live a pious life so that the soul will
be able to meet God.
end result is a book that brings the true Grail accounts to life
– both its people and its nature.
an amazingly interesting piece of research!"
Colin Wilson, one of Britain's most prolific writers
you're into historical mysteries, this truly is a thrilling read!
Coppens definitely knows what he's writing about, in a no nonsense
style, mixing mystics & mysteries in a very enjoyable, exciting
and thought-provoking manner.”
has shown that history and myth can meet on the same page and
neither suffer, an almost rare gift in the often muddy waters
of such subjects.”