The Truth Behind The Myth
by John Matthews
Godsfield Press, Octopus Publishing Group, 2005, [First Edition], colour photographs throughout text, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 1841812676
As New Condition, very minor shelf and edge-wear.
'Historian and Grail scholar John Matthews shows how the ideas of sacred vessels in ancient creation tales flowed into the visionary writings of the Celts, and through them directly into the great melting pot of Western mysticism and Christian theology which produced the first stories featuring the Grail in a form that we would recognize today.
He explores in fascinating detail how the Arthurian legends, including tales of the Chalice at Camelot and the adventures and quests of the knights, became the chief carriers of the myth during the Middle Ages and considers how the idea of the Grail found fresh inspiration from the East as Crusaders came into contact with Islamic culture.'