Notre article "Dol-Combourg et la Légende du Graal", aimablement traduit en anglais par l'écrivain historienne Wendy Mewes, a fait l'objet d'un compte-rendu dans la très prestigieuse revue américaine Arthuriana. Sir Geoffrey Ashe, qui signe l'article, est l'un des plus grands spécialistes mondiaux du cycle arthurien.

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A Note on the Grail

Geoffrey Ashe, Glastonbury

Christophe Déceneux has raised a surprising new possibility about the origin of the Grail theme. His article, in English translation by Wendy Mewes, is entitled ‘Dol-Combourg and the Legend of the Grail.

Examining various Breton topics as source material for Arthurian legend, Déceneux gives special attention to the role of Baudry de Bourgeuil (1046–1130), who became archbishop of Dol in 1107. Baudry wrote a Chronique de Dol commemorating his predecessors. First came Saint Samson, a famous and well-attested figure. Samson was succeeded by Magloire. Third was Budoc, in the 6th century. Baudry extols the virtues of this man:

St. Budoc, attested by the precious gifts he brought from the sacred city of Jerusalem: that is to say, the cup and the platter which Our Lord used during the Last Supper which he took with his disciples.

Here we have the principal sacred objects in Grail romance, the holy cup itself, and the dish. Baudry calls them the scutellus and the scutella. So, more than a century before Robert de Boron and the Grail romancers, we apparently find a tradition about the holy vessels being removed from Jerusalem and taken all the way to Dol.


Geoffrey Ashe, MBE, FRSL, is a leading scholar on all things Arthurian. In addition to his groundbreaking book The Discovery of King Arthur, he has authored numerous articles on the Arthurian legend and has served as consultant and expert for many documentaries concerned with the story of King Arthur.


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