A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail

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Pages: 264

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The Holy Grail: it conjures images of a rich and fantastic world full of magnificent adventures and perilous quests by gallant knights. It whispers of strange mysteries and fabled conspiracies staged by Templars, Cathars, Nazis, and innumerable secret societies. Was it the Cup used by Christ at the Last Supper, or something else? Is there any truth to the wonders and marvels bards and poets associated with it?

After years of being co-opted by pop culture and New Agers, what significance can this fairy tale still hold for Catholics? Ah, but this is no fairy tale! As A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail shows, not only does the Grail exist, its whereabouts are known today!

Charles Coulombe examines the fabled vessel s literary and historical connections, but he offers far more than a stuffy history of a dusty old cup.  Rather, he shows how the Holy Grail is the key to an entire genre of glorious relics and miraculous phenomena that extend from the time of Christ to the present day. A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail uncovers the Grail's intrinsic connections to Catholic Monarchy and Chivalry, to the Precious Blood of Christ, the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts devotions, and to the Kingship of Christ and Queenship of Mary, as well as its ties to the Passion of Our Lord and the Blessed Sacrament.

Indeed, the Holy Grail is not a myth, but a living reality, a key to a new understanding of the world in which we all live. As far in time and space as the Crucifixion at Golgotha and Medieval deeds of knightly valor, and as close as the next Mass you attend, the Holy Grail is there, a real myth. The Grail is proof that when J.R.R. Tolkien asks: Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight? it can truly be answered: A man may do both ... The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day! 

In these pages, discover the reality of the legend of the Holy Grail!
About the Author:
Charles A. Coulombe

Charles A. Coulombe is one of North America’s most respected and sought-after commentators on culture, religion, history, and politics. A specialist in the history and government of the Catholic Church, Coulombe’s influence and expertise extend far beyond matters religious. He has written on topics ranging from the history of rum to haunted houses to a history of the United States.

Mr. Coulombe is a social and political commentator of note. In 2005 he provided narration and commentary for ABC News during the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the subsequent election and installation of Pope Benedict XVI. A former journalist, Mr. Coulombe served as a film reviewer and Contributing Editor of the National Catholic Register, during which time he received the Christian Law Institute's Christ King Journalism Award. Coulombe's work has appeared in over than 20 journals, including regular columns in Fidelity (Australia), PRAG (London), Monarchy Canada, and Creole Magazine (Louisiana). He has also been a frequent contributor to such publications as Success, Catholic Twin Circle, Gnosis, FATE, and the New Oxford Review.

As an informed and passionate speaker on a wide variety of religious, social, political, historical, and literary topics, Mr. Coulombe has appeared on lecture circuits throughout the North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1992 he lectured at Oxford University and the following year embarked on a lecture tour of Ireland and Great Britain, returning to Oxford and Cambridge in 1995. Coulombe has also delivered lectures at the University of Southern California on the history of Rock & Roll and at Cleveland's John Carroll University on the history of medieval monarchy. In February 2011, he was invited to take part in a debate on the abolition of the monarchy before the prestigious Oxford Union.


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Medievalist thumbs up

I've only read the first chapter so far and I've already learned something I didn't know. I'm a medievalist (not specializing in Arthur) so I find this book very helpful.

A true Quest for our Confusing times

I am enjoying this book very much. Born in'81, I dare say I grew-up with Mass on Sunday, pop/rock-culture during the rest of the week culminating in Friday's and Saturday's where all bets were off and trying to make sense of the two worlds (Church and Society at large) in some way, much to my defeat! I found this book helped project those two worlds as anti-thetical. I feel like Perceval waking in empty Montsalvatch castle and on my journey to find it filled once again saying "Slay me if you will!"...


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Fervor-inducing classic!

I highly enjoyed reading this latest of Mr. Coulombe's works. This book did several things for me: 1.) it made the realities of the Faith more real to me via its discussion on relics and Eucharistic miracles 2.) it provided a history of all the major relics, explaining why they are important and significant 3.) it incited a fervor in me, to go on my own quest for the Holy Grail in my own way. Thank you Mr. Coulombe for another classic!

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