Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia

Last Supper

In the later Grail tradition, particularly as depicted in the texts of Robert de Boron, the Grail is often portrayed as the chalice or dish utilized by Christ during the Last Supper. This narrative suggests that the Grail, originally a sacred vessel, played a crucial role not only in the events of the Last Supper but also in capturing Christ’s blood upon the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea. This interpretation intertwines biblical accounts with Arthurian legend, drawing connections between sacred relics and the mythical realm of King Arthur.

In biblical tradition, the Last Supper is associated with the use of a round table, symbolizing equality and unity among Christ and his disciples. This imagery of the round table resonates strongly in Arthurian lore, inspiring the creation of Josephe’s Grail Table and eventually influencing the concept of Arthur’s renowned Round Table. The convergence of these narratives hightlights the symbolic significance of communal fellowship and spiritual communion across different cultural and literary traditions.

Joseph d’Arimathie | Robert de Boron, 1191-1202
Vulgate Estoire del Saint Graal | 1220-1235
Vulgate Queste del Saint Graal | 1215-1230