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date: 20 January 2021

Grail, the Holy 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

In Arthurian legend, a symbol of perfection sought by the knights of the *Round Table. In the latest development of the legend it is identified as the cup of the Last Supper in which Joseph of Arimathea caught the blood of the crucified Christ and which, in some versions, he brought to north Wales or Glastonbury at the end of his wanderings. The legend has a long history, drawing on Celtic elements as well as Middle Eastern ones, and it is most familiar in English in the version of ... ...

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