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The Holy Grail theory originated from the conviction that the Anson family who lived at Shugborough were in the Priory of Sion, the secret society suspected as the successors to the Knights Templar and the guardians of the relics recovered from the Holy Grail, including the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.
Morton's solution allocates each of the letters - O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V & D.M. - on the monument to people and places associated with the Shugborough estate. 'It is very likely that Mary Venables-Vernon of Sudbury Hall, the Baron Vernon of Derbyshire, the Honourable Edward Vernon-Harcourt and the 1st Viscount Anson of Orgreave and Shugborough were involved in the creation of the original "Shugborough Code",' he says.
'I've even tried convincing myself that I'm wrong, but I can't see any way out. While I'm pleased to have solved it, I do worry that I've destroyed something magical'
Poussin was rumoured to be a Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and the original painting, now housed in the Louvre, has caused much speculation over its masonic symbolism.
While the phrase "et in arcadia ego" is a nominal phrase with no finite verb, it is a well-formed construction because substantive and copular verb omission is perfectly acceptable in Latin. Pseudohistorians unaware of that aspect of Latin grammar have concluded that the sentence is incomplete, missing a verb, and have speculated that it represents some esoteric message concealed in a (possibly anagrammatic) code.
In The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln, under the false impression that "et in arcadia ego" was not a proper Latin sentence, proposed that it is an anagram for I! Tego arcana dei, which translates to "Begone! I keep God's secrets", suggesting that the tomb contains the remains of Jesus or another important Biblical figure. They claimed that Poussin was privy to this secret and that he depicted an actual location.
Mr Morton said: "It is very likely that 'M'ary 'V'enables-'V'ernon of 'S'udbury Hall, the Baron 'V'ernon of 'D'erbyshire, the honourable Edward 'V'ernon-Harcourt and the 1st 'V'iscount 'A'nson of 'O'rgreave (a hamlet 'U'nited with 'O'verley) and 'S'hugborough were somehow involved in the creation of the original 'Shugborough Code'.
Sounds interesting - would you be willing to expand?
What are your thoughts on the inscription?
Most people think its to do with Christianity but infact its completely heretical, and no, its nothing to do with jesus' 'cup' or 'bloodline' and no one will find it. It's hidden for a reason.
Originally posted by lizziejayne reply to post by naeem11111Cheers. Would you clarify your post further, providing additional information etc. If you're willing to share, I'm genuinely interested in what you have to say
With regards to my own thoughts on the inscription, in all honesty I am completely undecided. I'm interested in this apparent link to the "Holy Grail" but am completely open to the possibility that it means something entirely bland and innocuous.
Originally posted by lizziejayne reply to post by naeem11111Cheers for sharing further
To be honest, I have some - but very limited - knowledge of both the "Holy Grail" and the Arthurian tales. I have previously attempted to read Chrétien de Troyes, but gave up due to a marked lack of success.
I shall definitely look further into what you have shared.
Your welcome, however I would like to hear your view on the holy grail, if you don't mind.
Originally posted by lizziejayne reply to post by naeem11111
TBH I'm still undecided at the moment That said, I've "dipped" in and out over the years, but am still very much non-committed in my views. If pushed, I suppose I'd say I don't believe it refers to a "true" relic and if there was such a thing, I don't believe it had any special "powers" etc.
My main interest is how and why such a story/myth has continued for so long. It's most definitely an interesting and intriguing area.