FROM THE HIGH HISTORY OF THE HOLY GRAIL PROBABLY COMPILED ABOUT 1220, PROFESSEDLY FROM AN OLDER MSS. OF THE 'CLERK JOSEPHUS'
(Of Sir Perceval.)
“GOOD knight was he of right, for he was of the lineage of Joseph of Abarimacie, and this Joseph was his mother's uncle that had been a soldier of Pilate's seven years, nor asked he of him none other guerdon of his service, but only to take down the body of our Saviour from hanging on the cross. The boon him seemed full great when it was granted him and full little to Pilate seemed the guerdon; for right well had Joseph served him, and had he asked to have gold or land thereof, willingly would he have given it to him. And for this did Pilate make him a gift of the Saviour's body, for he supposed that Joseph should have dragged the same shamefully through the city of Jerusalem when it had been taken down from the Cross, and should have left it without the City in some mean place. But the Good Soldier had no mind thereto but rather honoured the body the most he might, rather laid it along in the Holy Sepulchre and kept safe the lance whereof He was smitten in the side and the most Holy Vessel wherein they that believed on Him received with awe the blood that ran down from His wounds when He was set upon the rood.
[IT RECORDED IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN THAT A ONE HAD PIERCED JESUS’ SIDE WITH A SPEAR…AS TO RECORDED HERE. THE CHRIST WAS SLAIN WITH A SPEAR, THAT IS HOW HE DIED WITH HIS LAST BREATH; HE HAD HIS BLOOD SHED! JUST AS A LAMB LED TO THE SLAUGHTER. YOU’LL REMEMBER THE SABBATH WAS COMING ON, THE JEWS NEVER HAD A MAN HANG ON A STAKE ON THE SABBATH, SO AS WRITTEN THE SOLDIERS WENT TO BREAK THE LEGS OF ALL THREE, TO HASTEN DEATH; WHEN THEY CAME TO JESUS IT IS WRITTEN HE WAS ALREADY DEAD, FOR INDEED ANOTHER HAD PIERCED HIS SIDE - Keith Hunt]
Of this lineage was the Good Knight for whose sake is this High History treated. Yglais was his mother's name; King Fisherman was his uncle, and the King of the Lower Folk that was named Pelles, and the King that was named of the Castle Mortal, in whom was there as much bad as there was good in the other twain, and much good was there in them; and these three were his uncles on the side of his mother Yglais, that was a right good lady and a loyal: and the Good Knight had one sister, that hight Dindrane. He that was head of the lineage on his father's side was named Nichodemus.
Gais li Gros of the Hermit's Cross was father of Alain li Gros. This Alain had eleven brethren right good Knights, like as he was himself. And none of them all lived in his Knighthood but twelve years, and they all died in arms, for their great hardiment in setting forward of the Law that was made anew.
‘There were twelve brethren:
Alain li Gros, was the eldest.1
Gorgalians was next.
Bruns Brandalis was the third.
Bertholez li Chanz the fourth.
Brandalus of Wales was the fifth.
Elinant of Escavalon was the sixth.
Calobrutus was the seventh.
Meralis of the Palace Meadow was the eighth.
Fortunes of the Red Launde was the ninth.
Melaarmaus of Abanie was the tenth.
Galians of the White Tower was the eleventh.
Alibans of the Waste City was the twelfth.’
All these died in the arms of the service of the Holy Prophet that had renewed the law by His death and smote His enemies to the utmost of their power. Of these two manner of folk, whose names and records you have heard, Josephus the good clerk telleth us, was come the Good Knight of whom you shall well hear the name and the manner presently.” (First chapter of the first book of the High History, translated by Sebastian Evans.)
“Just as they were about to pass beyond the Castle wall, behold yon where a Knight cometh forth of a privy postern of the castle, and he was sitting upon a tall horse, his spear in his fist, and at his neck had he a red shield whereon was figured a golden eagle. ‘Sir Knight’, saith he to Messire Gawain, ‘I pray you bide.’ ‘What is your pleasure?’ ‘You must needs joust with me’, saith he, ‘and conquer this shield or otherwise I shall conquer you.’ ‘And full precious is the shield, insomuch as that great pains ought you to take to have it and to conquer it, for it belonged to the best knight of this faith that was ever, and the most puissant and the wisest.’ ‘Who then was he?’ saith Messire Gawain. ‘Judas Machabee was he, and he it was that first wrought how by one bird to take another.’ ‘You say true,’ saith Messire Gawain, ‘a good knight was he.’” (Vol. i, pp. 49, 50.)
“And what is your name?’ said Messire Gawain. ‘Sir, my name is Joseus, and I am of the lineage of Joseph of Abarimacie. King Pelles is my father, that is in this forest, and King Fisherman my uncle, and the King of Castle Mortal, and the Widow lady of
1 According to the Grand St. Graal, the series of "Grail-keepers" from St. Joseph (A.D. 90) to King Arthur (A.D. 500?) appears to have been as follows: Joseph of Arimathaea, Josephes, Brons, Alain, Josue, Aminadab, Catheloys, Manaal, Zambor, Pelleaus, Pelles (Pelles' daughter), Galahad.
Camelot my aunt, and the Good Knight Par-lui-fet is of this lineage as near akin as I.” (Vol. i, pp, 97, 98).
"Sir," said he to the hermit, "of what age is the knight and of what lineage?" "Of the lineage of Joseph of Abarimacie the Good Soldier." ' (Vol. i, p. 99.)
"You have heard tell how Perceval was of the lineage of Joseph of Abarimacie, whom God so greatly loved for that he took down His body hanging on the Cross, which he would not should he in the prison there where Pilate had set it. For the highness of the lineage whereof the Good Knight was descended ought one willingly to hear brought to mind and recorded the words that are of him “
"(Vol. i, p. 182.)
(Of Perceval and Lancelot.)
“Fair sir,” saith the Hermit, "and you, who are you?”
“Sir” saith the Knight (Lancelot), “I will tell you. I am the son of King
Ban of Banoie.”
“Ha, fair nephew,” saith King Hermit to Perecval,
“See here your cousin, for King Ban of Benoic was your father's
cousm-german. Make him right good cheer!” (Vol. i, p. 172.)
(Of Lancelot and Joseus.)
“And what, sir, is your name?”
“Sir,” saith he, “my name is Joseus, and yours, what?”
“Sir,” saith he, “I am called Lancelot of the Lake.”
“Sir,” saith the hermit, “right close are we akin, I and you.” (Vol. i, p. 204.)
“Messire Gawain . . . came, as you have heard, of the most holy lineage of Josephus and the good King Fisherman.” (Vol. i, p. 251)
From the prayer of Dindrane (in St. Mary's Chapel at Glastonbury?).
“Lord . . . lend force to the knight . . . that for your love and pity is fain to succour and aid my mother . . . You are her affiance and her succour and therefore ought You to remember that the good Knight, Joseph of Abarimacie, that took down Your Body when it hung upon the rood, was her own uncle. Lord . . . he took You in his arms beside the rood and laid Your Body in the Holy Sepulchre wherein you were covered of the sovran cloth for the which I have come in hither. Lord, grant it be your pleasure that I may have it, for love of the Knight by whom it was set in this Chapel: sith that I am of his lineage it ought well to manifest itself in this sore need so it come according to Your pleasure.” (Vol. i, pp. 288 289).
(Of the King of Castle Mortal.)
“Josephus recordeth us by this evil King that was so traitorous and false and yet was of the lineage of the Good Soldier, Joseph of Abarimacie. This Joseph, as the Scripture witnesseth, was his uncle and this evil King was brother-german of King Fisherman and brother of the good King Pelles that had abandoned his land, in order that he might serve God, and brother of the widow lady that was Perceval's mother, the most loyal that was ever in Great Britain. All these lineages were in the service of our Lord from the beginning of their lives unto the end save only this evil King that perished so evilly as you have heard.” (Vol. ii, p. 34.)
“Josephus telleth us that as at this time was there no bell, neither in Great Britain nor in Lesser; but folk were called together by a horn, and in many places there were sheets of steel, and in other places clappers of wood. King Arthur marvelled him much of this sound, so clear and sweet was it, and it well seemed him that it came on God's behalf, and right fain was he to see a bell and so he might.'(Vol. ii, 6, 71.)
“Then he (King Arthur) asked the hermit that bore the bell whence this thing came? ‘Sir,’ saith he to Messire Gawain, ‘I am the King for whom you slew the giant whereby you had the sword wherewith St. John was beheaded, that I see this on altar . . . Thereafter I went to a hermitage by the sea . . . I rose one night at matins and looked under my hermitage and saw that a ship had taken haven there. I went thither when the sea was retreated and found within the ship three priests and their clerks that told me their names, and how they were called in baptism. All . . . came from the land of Promise, and told me that Solomon had cast three bells, one for the Saviour of the World and one for His sweet Mother, and one for the honour of His Saints, wherefore they had brought this hither by His commandment into this kingdom for that we had none here.’” (Vol. ii, p. 113.)
(Of Lancelot at Glastonbury.)
“He saluted them and then asked of them what place was this? And they told him that the place there was Avalon. They make stable his horse. He left his arms without the chapel and entereth therein, and saith that never hath he seen none so fair, nor so rich. There were within, three other places, right fair and seemly dight of rich cloths and silk and rich covers and fringes of gold. He seeth the images and the crucifixes all newly fashioned and the chapel illumined of rich colours: and moreover in the midst thereof were two coffins, one against the other, and at the four corners four tall wax tapers burning that were right rich in four rich candlesticks. The coffins were covered with two palls, and there were clerks that chanted psalms in turn on the one side and the other. ‘Sir,’ said Lancelot, to one of the hermits, ‘for whom were these coffins made?’ ‘For King Arthur and Queen Guinevre.’ ‘King Arthur is not yet dead’, saith Lancelot. ‘No, in truth, please God! but the body of the Queen lieth in the coffin before us and in the other is the head of her son, until such time as the king shall be ended, to whom God grant long life! But the Queen bade at her death that his body should be set beside her own when he shall end. Hereof have we the letters and her seal in this chapel, and this place made she be builded new on this wise or ever she died.’” (Vol. ii, pp. 133. 134.)
“Josephus telleth us in the scripture he recordeth for us, whereof this history was drawn only of Latin into Romance, that none need be in doubt that these adventures befell at that time in Great Britain and in all the other Kingdoms, and plenty enow more befell than I record, but these were the most certain.” (Vol. ii, p. 208.)
“Sir,” say they . . . “well knew we the knight that bare this shield before you.” “Lords, know ye then how he was named?” Say they, “Joseph of Abarimacie, but no cross was there on the shield before the death of Jesus Christ. But he had it set thereon after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for the sake of the Saviour that he loved so well." (Vol. ii, p. 245.)
(Of how the History of the Holy Grail came from Glastonbury.)
“Here endeth the story of the most Holy Graal. Josephus, by whom it is placed on record, giveth the benison of our Lord to all that hear and honour it. The Latin from whence this history was drawn into romance was taken in the Isle of Avalon, in a holy house of religion that standeth at the head of the Moors Adventurous, there, where King Arthur and where Queen Guinevre lie, according to the witness of the good men religious that are therein that have the whole history thereof, true from the beginning even to the end.” (Vol. ii, p. 279.)
CERTAINLY SOME VERY INTERESTING TRADITIONS AND HISTORIES.
CERTAINLY THE EARLY DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE GONE OUT HERE AND THERE TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND SALVATION THROUGH THE SON OF GOD, JESUS THE CHRIST.
WE KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE FOR WE HAVE OTHER HISTORIES FOUND AND WRITTEN ABOUT, BY OTHER RESEARCHERS, THAT I HAVE REPRODUCED ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER THIS “HISTORY” SECTION.