Long before The DaVinci Code and pop culture conspiracy theories that attempt to re-write Christian legend, the Holy Grail was generally considered to be the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper and the one used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch his blood as he hung on the cross. This significance, however, was introduced into the Arthurian legends by Robert de Boron in his verse romance Joseph d'Arimathie, which was probably written in the year 1333. In medieval romance, the grail was said to have been brought to Glastonbury in Britain by Joseph of Arimathea and his followers. In the time of King Arthur, the quest for the Grail was the highest spiritual pursuit. Tennyson is the author who has the greatest influence on the conception of the Grail quest for the modern English-speaking world through his Idylls and his short poem The Holy Grail

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