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Lord Charles Howard and the Holy Grial Gallego.
18 February 2010 @ 16:47

Lord Charles Howard and the Holy Grail Gallego.

The Holy Grail was in the Castillo de Corbiere, home of the Fisher King. (The Cry of Merlin the Wise)

"It's so dark all that concerns the well-known legends about the Holy Grail, although the studies done by consecrated persons in Ireland, England, France and Germany to investigate the origins and sources of his history, that have reached deep altered and corrupted in our times, in the transformations that have suffered in the course of centuries, moving from one country to another, in an age of profound ignorance, and especially suffering the Celtic and Germanic civilizations clash of the advanced and overwhelming Roman civilization, imposed with the sword and the extermination of all people who were not resigned to live as slaves. "

The seventeenth century was the century that has perpetuated the name of Spain for two facts: Velázquez painted his pictures and Cervantes published his famous book Don Quixote. Certainly in the spring of that year he met the light the first part of the episodes of the ingenious gentleman of La Mancha. That highlights the inconsistencies that are reproduced in the Spanish soul, unique and vigorous mass of idealism and love of reality, love contradictory misfit almost idealism.

 Chapter religious and under treatment, the discrepancies between the two kingdoms created a serious obstacle to any negotiations. Spain was seen in the hand of the papacy. Despite attempts by Philip III, to achieve greater tolerance towards Catholicism in England, the negotiations at this point suffered continuous delays. An offer that, again, was strengthened with the ratification of the Anglo Spanish (Somerset) peace in Valladolid in 1605. It was not easy, however, change soon a long line of repression against the English Catholics, and contained the large literature of the period. The Gunpowder Plot, or Gunpowder Plot against the English crown, discovered in November 1605, would result in a new crackdown by adopting a series of stringent measures by the Parliament against the English Catholics, also called " recusants. Also declared as he came seeking freedom of conscience with regard to the merchants and businessmen English inhabitants in the Iberian peninsula, which were the subject of relentless hunting Inquisition.

In order to ratify the Treaty of Peace signed at Somerset House, moved from England to Spain a diplomatic delegation led by British ambassador Lord Admiral Charles Howard, first Earl of Nottingham who was to the Spanish Court in late May 1605. The British traveled aboard the ship "The Bear" docked at the port of La Coruna and were received by local authorities. From there they continued their journey through Betanzos, Villalba, Lugo, Triacastela came to O Cebreiro.

In a palloza (hut there) set out to lunch while a civilian Chantada served them wine and gave them a mushroom-shaped cheese while humming a song with a strange letter in the Galician of the time: Oh sacred Caldeiro never deixou, eu I hope that life, oh, so high (Oh holy cauldron that never left, oh so high I hope life). Howard had it translated what he said the villager and immediately had him bring "the kettle", sheltering at that moment to take it with longing, longing to be glimpsed in his manner, but do not spend one second when the Galician peasant told him that had happened to the Catholic Queen with "pot" which would have deterred the English ordering the same thing as the Queen, but first take a huge gulp, like a breath of air, the chalice that held the wine, dripping the thick and crimson liquid on his beard.

... Or Cebreiro facendo stops to view or e doar or sanctuary milagre onde os remains are gardes. Isabella wanted to weigh a relic or Court, but as mules Cebreiro deixe leading padiola rexeitou continue to súa viaxe, indo de volta para os strive two homes. Isabel took as a divine relic vontade permaneceu Cebreiro not, returning ..
(In 1486 the Catholic Monarchs pilgrimage to Santiago, making stops in O Cebreiro to see the miracle and donate the shrine where the remains are stored. Isabella wanted to take the relic to the Court, but leave the mules Cebreiro leading the royal litter refused to continue their journey by going back to the efforts of the footmen. The Queen deciphered this as a divine desire that the relic remained in the Cebreiro, returning)

Until a few days OR Cebreiro was a village consisting of thatched huts called "pallozas" where its inhabitants live under the same roof in company stock, there plenty. The cabin is built palloza prehistoric origin and consists of a circular house without a foundation, all straw and supported on a wooden mast that governs from the center.

The religious idea of objects with extraordinary possessions existed long before Christianity. The allegory tells how the Irish Celtic Dagda King, King's successor Lugo, monarchs predecessors on arrival in Ireland of the children of Breogán, had a cauldron with the property to raise the dead.

This legend was taken by poets British a hundred years later with the Matter of Britain or King Arthur's adventures. The Chimera has the Holy Grail was the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper, and then Joseph of Arimathea collected in this cup the blood of Christ after his torment. Subsequently the Grail was transported by ship and then hidden. According to the stories of the Matter of Britain, King Arthur and his knights would transit through their lives searching for the holy grail.

The miracle of Cebreiro especially important is the Galician Arthurian connection with the Matter of Britain. As a pagan symbol, the host that descends to the chalice represents the sun before he died at sea, where the land ends. In the old Atlantic and Indo-European religions, the creator sun succumbs at sea and was taken by boat to the end of the Universe, to return to return from the dead the day after. Sunset at sea is the host who plunges into the cup, Galicia is a historical representation, a form of land end of the world, Costa da Morte (Galicia) The Holy Grail is the historical Galician Flag now National Emblem, and also a symbol of Cornwall.

The Celtic peoples are characterized by the importance of oral tradition, especially living in Ireland, Brittany and Galicia. Direct relationship with the Breton Cycle are the legends of San Amaro, St. Brendan and other seekers of Paradise, Tales from the Imrama, stories composed in Ireland from the VIIth century, reminding us of trips made under such conditions the characters of the epic Celtic Tristan, Galahad ...

The memory of King Arthur is still present in names and legends like Antela Lagoon, under which there lies submerged King, accompanied by his knights, delighted in the form of insects, awaiting the day when Arthur wakes from sleep.

Merlin the druid Galicia remains in its long shadow, three parishes are named Galicia in the Sierra de O Careón, in the mountains of Orre, and Chantada. It retains a significant popular saying "You know more than Merlin." Children of Galicia say he had heard about Merlin and the old from his village reminded them that Merlin was a man who knew a lot." Alvaro Cunqueiro for his part wrote the famous tales and Family Merlin Merlin conjuring tales that he told her an old maid small.
Cebreiro with his miracle Wagner provided the theme for the composition of Parsifal.

Thus the country of Parsifal is Galicia, the indestructible temple situated in the mountain is the sanctuary of the Grail Cebreiro and mysterious: the Goblet of Cebreiro

The church of Santa Maria A Real Cebreiro O is the oldest church in the Camino de Santiago, built in the mid-ninth century by Benedictine monks. Despite the various alterations, still retains some of its detail Romanesque, basilica with three naves covered wooden armature that terminate in rectangular apses. Outside, the tower falls and external walls, all of granite slabs of slate.

Inside the Miracle took place for the Holy Grail, a miracle that was released by the Benedictine P. Yepes in his "Chronicle of San Benito general, this meant that in the early fourteenth century, a neighbor Barxamaior, half a league of Cebreiro , a day of terrible storm, broke through the snow wearing his faith as he could came to the church at the time that the monk was devoting a chunk of bread and some wine. This disbelief at his approach, he exclaims: 'What is this other, with a storm so big and so tired to see a bit of bread and wine'. At that time, bread was holding turned into the flesh of Christ and wine into his blood causing the Miracle of the Holy Grail, which is mentioned in the Bulls of Innocent VIII in the year 1486 and of Alexander VI, 1496

Today we can look at the chapel of the Holy Miracle with the paten and the chalice, symbol of Galicia and present in his shield, XII century Romanesque art. The mausoleums which are buried the protagonists of the miracle and a Romanesque carving of the Virgen del Siglo XII.

By Jesús Castro

Translated by Rachael Harrison

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