Recall the story from last August when the police raided a pub thinking a stolen “relic” that was possibly the infamous Jesus cup? They found a wooden salad bowl. This time they recovered the “real” thing.
The relic is understood to have been stolen from a woman who had borrowed it in the hope it would restore her health.
West Mercia Police said the Nanteos Cup was recovered after “several significant lines of inquiry from anonymous sources”.
The chalice, which measures 10cm by 8.5cm and was stolen from a Weston Under Penyard in Herefordshire, was handed to police in a pre-arranged meeting on “neutral ground” last week.
The Nanteos cup is one of the many cups that is “the Holy Grail” aka the cup Jesus Christ drank from at the Last Supper. Legend says it was brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea after Christ’s death and at some point placed in the Nanteos Mansion, hence its name. The Nanteos Cup, made of olive wood or wych elm, supposedly had healing properties. There is no good evidence it is the actual Holy Grail.
A side note is that a questionable relic was used for a questionable purpose – to heal. Nonsense all around.
King Arthur: [about the inscription on the rock] What does it say, Brother Maynard?
Brother Maynard: It reads, “Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathia. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh… ”
King Arthur: What?
Brother Maynard: “The Castle of Aaaauuuggghhhh”
Sir Bedevere: What is that?
Brother Maynard: He must have died while carving it.