Tuesday, 5 March 2013, 1:00PM
Museum of London

The Phantom Cup that Comes and Goes: The Story of the Holy Grail

Dr Juliette Wood MA PhD M.Litt

The Holy Grail conjures up images of a romantic and heroic past, of magical journeys and brave knights.  
What do we really know of its origin and meaning?  It has entered the language as a phrase that embodies an infinitely desirable but attainable goal.
Is there any truth behind this intriguing object, or is it just one of the many myths of the Middle Ages?
This talk will consider why the symbol of the Holy Grail has proved so durable.  It will follow the transformations of the medieval Grail through history, art, literature and theology.  
The journey will take us across Europe and the Near East, and even to America as we unravel the cultural impact of Tennyson's Phantom Cup.

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Dr Juliette Wood, Associate Lecturer, Cardiff University, is a professional folklorist and medieval specialist.

She specialises in medieval folklore and Celtic tradition and is interested in the modern revivals of magic and Celticism. She has provided professional consultations for TV and radio and is currently a director of the Folklore Society based at the Warburg Institute London.

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5 March 2013

The Phantom Cup that Comes and Goes: The Story of the Holy Grail
Dr Juliette Wood MA PhD M.Litt

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