Visions of the Grail

with Dr Simon Wilson  

Tuesday 16th May 2023 

 6.30-8.00pm (UK time) via Zoom

Since its first appearance in writing in the twelfth century, the Grail has haunted the Western imagination. It has inspired artists from Chrétien de Troyes to Richard Wagner, from Thomas Malory to Dan Brown. Many still seek it, and a few believe they have found it.

Yet there is no agreement on what it actually is. Some claim it is the cup that held the blood of Christ, others that it is a stone of some sort, or a secret royal bloodline, a dish or even a flying saucer. It is the elusive object of a quest, yet it is also ever-present.

I will suggest that perhaps it can be all these things. Perhaps the vision of the Grail depends upon the vision of the observer. And vice versa

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Dr Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge. He has a special interest in landscape, co-creation, love of learning, spirituality, and the true nature of sustainability.



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