There has been news about a grail in Spanish town of Leon that it is claimed to be the one Christians in the 4th century in Jerusalem praised as the
one used by Jesus in the last supper, so I will try to explain why the Spanish researchers claim this. First here is the grail
The first thing you may notice is the fact it does not look like something someone in Jerusalem would use 2k years ago, and it’s true, the gems and
gold where added in the 11th century to protect the true cup.
The cup is made of agate, agate was used to make mid-range kitchenware during the period, there are many examples from the period, as this peace you
could buy in 2011 for only 150k$
ROMAN AGATE CUP CIRCA
1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D. (250k$)
So here comes the first question, why a chipped not to rare cup was protected by gold and jewels, when others from the period were in better shape and
were of better quality? Well no one could say why it was done, but of what there are records and it is known, it was done by
Urraca of Zamora
, using her personal jewels and them donated to
Basilica of San Isidoro
This grail was in this church since them without calling anyone attention until two Spanish historians started to make a routine investigation of
medieval artifacts in Leon. The researchers are Margarita Torres Sevilla and José Miguel Ortega.
What they found and called their attention was not the grail, it was a silver box in display in the “house of treasures” in the city, the box had
markings of the Taifa of Dénia
, it was an out of place object so they investigated in the
AL-Azhar university in Cairo. What they found were two scrolls that explained the journey of the grail.
The first scroll talked about a famine in the Fatimid Caliphate
in the 11th century, the
Caliph of the time send for help to other Islamic kingdoms and the Emir of Denia answer to the call. In exchange for the help, the Emir asked for the
grail worshiped by Christians in Jerusalem as the one used by Jesus in the last supper.
The request seemed odd in Fatimid so the ruler asked why such extravagant request, and the Emir answer it was a present for
Ferdinand the great
, a neighbor Christian king he needed favors with. So
the grail was send, and presented as a gift to the king, in order to avoid commotion among the Christians in the city the grail was taken by a
This is what tells the first scroll, now the second scroll is a confirmation that the grail in the church is the one taken from Jerusalem in the first
scroll. Basically one of the daughters of Saladin
felt ill and he asked for a peace of the grail
chipped during the travel.
The full story can be found in greater detail with less inconsistencies in the book Los Reyes del
published by the researcher this year (Spanish only it seems).
It is remarkable a piece of chipped stone was cover in gold having a great consideration to avoid the lips of the priest touch the stone. It is also
interesting how the researchers reach the conclusion due to careful examination of the logs in the Egypt library dating 1k years ago and not based on
local lore, I bet a good novel could be made about the trip of this cup since the 4th century till it arrive in Spain just to please a king and his
Before you claim Indiana Jones said a carpenter had to use a wooden coop, the researchers had that cover by claiming the current Jewish laws of the
Passover at the time would not allow the use of porous materials in the celebration (who knows not me for sure), and also raise the question that if
Jesus was what it was claim as the savior son of god, king of the Jews and so on, would you not offer him your best dishes on a special occasion?
after all agate was not what the 1% of the time would be using.