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- n. See Holy Grail, under grail.
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- n. (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
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After all, the idea just comes from playing around with a single French word sangraal, and we have already seen the difficulties that arise from any hypothesis that rests on the idea of the maintenance of a ‘pure’ bloodline through the ages.
This is based on the idea that the original French sangraal, which is usually taken as san graal Holy Grail, should properly be rendered as sang real—the royal blood, which they took to mean a bloodline.
All this prompted Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln to hypothesize that the mysterious Grail represented a real lineage—abloodline.34 And they came up with the famous play on words that gave their book its title: that the word used in some of the early romances to describe the object of the quest,sangraal orsangreal, has for centuries been broken in the wrong place.