The True* Story of the Holy Grail


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. talks about the links between Fulk and the Grail, and the mysterious location of Whittington is spoken of on their website.

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?


4 thoughts on “The True* Story of the Holy Grail

  1. What a really fascinating story! Thank you for sharing this!

    I too descend from the Fitzwarins: Fulk FitzWarin ( – 1170), my 27th great-grandfather; Fulk FitzWarin ( – 1197), my 26th great-grandfather; Fulk FitzWarin (1160 – 1258), my 25th great-grandfather; Mabel FitzWarin (1245 – 1297), my 24th great-grandfather; Sybil Tregos (1271 – 1334), my 23rd great-grandmother; and so on…

    1. Thanks, KTC! How awesome that we share such a colorful ancestry! Mine deviates from yours after Fulk FItzWarin (1160-1258): Fulk FitzWarin (1219-1264), and then Guilliaume (William) FitzWarin (1251-1290). William’s daughter Asceline FitzWarine is where the bloodline ends in my case, sadly.
      Thanks so much for the comment! Do you do a lot of genealogy work?

      1. I have been working on our families’ genealogies for almost two decades. For me, genealogy is like solving a mystery; I just love it!

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