The Grail Code 

About the Book

The Grail Code is now available, or coming soon, in French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Croatian, as well as in English.

The Holy Grail stories possess a mysterious power that has seized the human imagination for centuries. They tell of a great secret finally revealed, of a surprising answer to the most profound questions, of a hidden mystery that satisfies our deepest longings. The Holy Grail has passed into our language as the term for the prize that is worth even the most arduous journey. Writers, poets, artists, composers, and filmmakers have pursued the Grail for 1700 years. This great quest drives the legends of King Arthur, propels the Indiana Jones’ greatest adventure, and keeps us turning the pages of The Da Vinci Code.

All this makes the Holy Grail stories themselves something of a mystery. Why have these tales of a quest and of miracles, of honor and betrayal, of sacrifice and sensuality captivated humankind so thoroughly and for so long? They enthrall us, say the authors of The Grail Code, because these stories really do touch the deepest parts of our hearts. They are profound meditations on the human condition, showing human beings at their most heroic as well as at their vilest, and pointing us toward God’s remedy for what ails us. The Grail Code is a literary and theological detective story, a mystery story that ends where the Grail legends began – in the room where Jesus gathered his closest friends for the last time, spoke blessed words, broke bread, and shared a sacred cup.

Mike Aquilina is author of a dozen books on Christian history, doctrine, and devotion. He is vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has been co-host of five popular television series. He is past editor of New Covenant: A Magazine of Catholic Spirituality and other publications. His articles have appeared in many journals.

Christopher Bailey has worked as a writer, editor, translator, and researcher for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Touchstone, Columbia, New Covenant, the New Catholic Encyclopedia (second edition), and elsewhere. Schooled in the great-books tradition, he has spent many years in close study and translation of the Arthurian texts.

(C) 2006 Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey