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Servants of the Grail: The Real-life Characters of the Grail Legend Identified [Paperback]

Philip Coppens

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22 Jan 2009
This book reveals the true facts behind Dan Brown s Grail (an account of events occurring between 1104 and 1137). This is the first book to identify both the historical figures on which the protagonists of the Grail story is based and the identity of the Grail itself. Using recent academic research, the author has been able to identify that - the characters in the Grail account, Anfortas, Lohengrin and Perceval, are real people - materially the Grail is a foundation stone, similar to ones found in Mecca and Jerusalem. - the story of the Grail is also based on the fourth Hermetic treatise, known as The Cup, and is a Western European rendering of a pre-Christian Graeco-Egyptian religious story on how to live a pious and meaningful life. This book brings to life the Grail, its history and those who have served it. Unlike others it proves the truth of facts in the Grail story, and moves the debate into new territory.

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Philip Coppens is an author and investigative journalist, ranging from the world of politics to ancient history and mystery. He co-hosts The Spirit Revolution radio show with his wife Kathleen McGowan and is a frequent contributor to NEXUS Magazine and Atlantis Rising Magazine. Since 1995, he has lectured extensively and has appeared in a number of television and DVD documentaries, including Ancient Aliens: The Series (The History Channel).

He is the author of The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel, The Canopus Revelation, Land of the Gods, The New Pyramid Age, Servants of the Grail, 2012, Science or Fiction? (eBook), Killing Kennedy (eBook), The Cryptogram of Rennes-le-Chateau (eBook), The Ancient Alien Question and The Lost Civilization Enigma.

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What an amazingly interesting piece of research! --Colin Wilson, one of Britain's most prolific writers on mystery.

Servants of the Grail will change everyone s understanding. --André Douzet, author of Wanderings of the Grail

About the Author

Philip Coppens worked as an investigative journalist, specializing in politics and intelligence. In 1995, he established Frontier Magazine (formerly Frontier 2000), a newsstand magazine in the Netherlands and Belgium; in 2005, he co-founded Les Carnets Secrets, an alternative history magazine in France. His articles have appeared in various magazines (Fortean Times, Nexus, New Dawn, etc.), as well as appearances on radio and television. He lives in Scotland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful beginning... 5 Dec 2009
By L. Akin - Published on Amazon.com
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When I write "A wonderful beginning.." I mean it in a positive way. The Grail story and its various permutations are much too complex to be adequately covered in a single book. What we have here is a lucid, well-researched beginning to the story grounded in real history and real people. A writer may be in love with the object of his study--probably should be if he wants to convey the emotions others have felt--but if he is too in love with his chosen subject then he risks losing his ability to tell the entire story.
Mr. Coppens gives us an easily read sccount which does not demand we give slavish devotion to this theory or that story. He begins in real time, not in easily dismissed fairy tales and guides us along the historical path, meeting real people and real events so we fnd our own understandings along the way.
Is it complete? No. It's not meant to be. I don't have a personal investment in the Grail being THIS or THAT. My own interests lie elsewhere --Cathars, etc-- but since so many of these stories meet and intertwine I was so happy to find this book because it enhances my knowledge and understanding of my own interests.
You may not agree with Coppens conclusions but I don't think you'll reject his passion for and his coverage of the subject and more especially, his authenticity as a seeker for such truths.
I look forward to more on the subject from Coppens and will want to explore some of his other writings. He has shown that history and myth can meet on the same page and neither suffer, a almost rare gift in the often muddy waters of such subjects.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Philip Coppens 30 Aug 2012
By Nikki Sue C - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything I have ever read by Philip Coppens has been curiously informative as well as driven me to search out more information. The only problem? I want to reach out and discover, research and learn EVERYTHING!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating but in need of copy editing 29 July 2013
By Stephen Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a number of books over the past four decades on the Grail, including von Eschenbach's _Parzival_, Joseph Campbell's _Creative_Mythology_ (book four of the Masks of God tetralogy), W. J. Stein's _The_Ninth_Century_and_the_Holy_Grail_, and quite a few others. This book's argument is the most plausible, to me, of any of the arguments I have read of the provenance and meaning of the Grail.

However, impressed as I am with the research, I am appalled at its expression in the form of this book. Almost every page jars with errors of spelling, grammar, and diction, so many, in fact, that the publisher should be ashamed to collect money for publishing the book. I don't think that the author is a native English speaker, so I can forgive him for most of these errors. The publisher, however, has the responsibility to edit the writer's prose.

I noticed only one error of fact, concerning the marriage of Marie of Champagne to Henry of England, who died in 1181. I think Henry I of Champagne was intended, not Henry II of England (who died, I think, in 1189). I realize that it is difficult to keep all the names straight when dealing with individuals dead for a millenium, and I am no expert in the history of this period. However, fact-checking is part of research and writing.

Despite the irritating errors in the writing, this book stimulated and delighted me. Just clean it up, publisher!
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