If you ever get as deep into genealogy as I have, you’ll find some characters in your ancestry that don’t seem quite real. In my case, I’ve linked myself to 1163 people so far, and in that number, there have been some very interesting stories.
And if it’s one thing you and I have in common (at least, I hope so), it’s that we both hunger for interesting stories.
This story reaches far back into my own past, on my father’s side, approximately to the year 1150. It was around this time that Acre was captured by the Cruasaders, that the most well-known Icelandic Sagas were written, and that Henry the II sat upon the throne of England.
During this time a man was born by the name of Fulk Fitzwarin, and his hard-won castle, called Whittington. Fulk had supported Matilda, the mother of King Henry II in her war, and as a reward, was granted Whittington Castle.
William Peverel (a man to whom I am also related) had built the castle to replace a stone-and-stick edifice on the site previously.
But what does any of this have to do with the Holy Grail?
One of the most prominent legends concerning Whittington Castle regards the Marian Chalice, thought by some to be the Holy Grail. According to this legend, Sir Fulk FitzWarin, the great grandson of Payne Peveril was one in the line of guardians of the Grail and King Arthur. A story from the 13th century states that the Grail was kept in a private chapel of the castle when Sir Fulk was there.
The Fitzwarins led a colorful life for many generations. I’ll tell you all about Fulk Fitzwarine III soon.
Do you know any legends about the Holy Grail? Does your family tree have any myths and mysteries about it?