The Grail Code 


Where to look for more about Arthur and the Grail

The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester attempts to round up everything Arthurian on the Internet. There are hundreds of texts, medieval to modern, with a special concentration on Victorian Arthuriana. You’ll find even more images, again with an emphasis on the Victorian. A warning: what you think will be a brief visit may end up wasting a whole day.

The Holy Grail. Richard Barber’s site promotes his excellent book, The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief. There are a few interesting resources on the site, including some useful charts and scans of all the illustrations that Jessie M. King did for the beautiful Art Nouveau edition of The High History of the Holy Graal.

Arthurian Resources is a site for people looking for the “historical Arthur.” One page called “The Monstrous Regiment of Arthurs” should be enough to make you despair of ever finding him. If not, A Bibliographic Guide to Arthurian Literature, a catalogue of medieval Welsh manuscripts, is a good place to start looking for the “historical Arthur.”

Arthurian Sources is a collection of original sources that might or might not help in the quest for the “historical Arthur.” Most of them are excerpts from longer works; beware of drawing dogmatic conclusions without reading more.

King Arthur: Original Sources. You can probably learn everything there is to know about the “historical Arthur” in a week, after which you will (like me) have strong opinions and almost no facts to base them on. Here is a list of the best original sources to be mined for meager information. Most of them mention Arthur only in passing; the rest document traditions already overlaid with mythology. On this page you can read everything there is to know about Riothamus, one of the many candidates proposed as the inspiration for the Arthurian legends.

TEAMS Middle English Texts. A stunning collection of accurate editions of medieval literature. You’ll find that medieval English literature was far more varied than most of us imagine; it didn’t begin and end with Chaucer. There are several Arthurian romances, including the stanzaic and the alliterative Morte Arthure,

The International Marie de France Society. Marie de France was one of the great storytellers of the Middle Ages, and reading her work is a pleasure as well as an education in courtly manners. Who knows? You might even find yourself becoming obsessed with her stories, and before you know it you’ll be a member of the Society yourself.

King Arthur & the Matter of Britain. A page of miscellaneous links to good Arthurian resources on the Internet.

The Mass of St. Gregory. Picture and some explanation of a wall painting in an English medieval church that shows the miraculous appearance of Christ in the Mass said by Gregory the Great. The Walter Map romance adapts this vision as the central mystery of the Holy Grail.

The Third Reich’s Search for the Grail. Certainly the most bizarre episode in the long history of the Grail legends was the Nazis’ serious quest for the Grail. You already knew the Nazis were crazy; you’ll leave this page shaking your head in disbelief.

Loyola Books. Our publisher has a broad range of Christian classics, educational materials, and timely current titles.

Mike Aquilina’s own Web site has information about his other books and his appearances, as well as a handy list of resources for studying the Church Fathers.

(C) 2006 Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey