This site offers a scholarly overview of the literature and art on the Holy Grail
The Holy Grail has passed into everyday speech, and the legends behind it are as current in today's culture as they have ever been. And yet the Grail has no real religious meaning and is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. What is the truth behind this elusive symbol?
By a series of imaginative transformations, the Grail moved from the sphere of romance to religion and thence to twentieth century popular culture. This extraordinary journey touches theology, history, literature and art, and ranges across most of Western Europe and the Near East. The diversity of concepts shows the wealth of the Grail's cultural influence, from the beginning of the prose romances to the hotly disputed theological ideas of the middle ages. Later, the rise of literary scholarship and the nineteenth-century enthusiasm for all things medieval gave way to twentieth-century New Age refashionings.