Myths and Legends of the Holy Grail with Dr. Thomas Madden

Myths and Legends of the Holy Grail with Dr. Thomas Madden


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"The Grail, which went ahead, was made of fine, pure gold; and in it were set precious stones of many kinds, the richest and most precious in the earth or the sea: those in the Grail surpassed all other jewels, without a doubt." Perceval, Chrétien de Troyes

Legends of the Holy Grail have proliferated since the twelfth century and remain popular in modern works such as The Da Vinci Code. But what exactly was the Grail? In this seminar medieval historian, Dr. Thomas F. Madden, will explore the historical and literary traditions that swirl around this fascinating object. Participants will learn about the pagan and Arthurian roots of the legends and their evolution during the ages of faith and chivalry.

Led by an expert on medieval history, Dr. Thomas Madden, this interactive seminar will explore the legend of the Holy Grail. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of this curious myth.

Thomas F Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant, he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The History Channel. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and he is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Terrific First Experience with Context Conversations

This was a very interesting presentation with a number of excellent pictures of items purported to be the Holy Grail. Dr. Madden's lecture hit the right mix of appealing to those with some knowledge of this subject as well as those for whom it was foreign territory. I look forward to having another "Conversation" soon.

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Interesting History

Dr. Madden is a first rate historian and engaging teacher. I’ve taken several seminars and courses starting with the history of Istanbul, then Venice, and now I’m learning about topics I didn’t even know I was interested in. The Holy Grail was one of those. I signed up because I knew Dr. Madden would draw me in.

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Great session

Wonderful insights into an obscure topic-something I’ve heard about forever and never understood.

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Not for public consumption since to was the first context talk I have participated in that was so awful that it was amusing !

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Based on 5 reviews
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20%
(1)
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Terrific First Experience with Context Conversations

This was a very interesting presentation with a number of excellent pictures of items purported to be the Holy Grail. Dr. Madden's lecture hit the right mix of appealing to those with some knowledge of this subject as well as those for whom it was foreign territory. I look forward to having another "Conversation" soon.

K
K.
Interesting History

Dr. Madden is a first rate historian and engaging teacher. I’ve taken several seminars and courses starting with the history of Istanbul, then Venice, and now I’m learning about topics I didn’t even know I was interested in. The Holy Grail was one of those. I signed up because I knew Dr. Madden would draw me in.

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L.
Great session

Wonderful insights into an obscure topic-something I’ve heard about forever and never understood.

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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None

Not for public consumption since to was the first context talk I have participated in that was so awful that it was amusing !