Silver Chalice, The

Publisher International Collectors Library
Year 1961
Pages 533
Binding Hardcover
Condition Near Fine
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International Collectors Library, c 1952. Like new condition, tight and clean throughout. Leatherette binding with gilt decorations and titles. Spine edge worn and somewhat sun bleached.. Ribbon marker attached . a vividly rendered historical novel of early Christianity that was the top-selling novel in the United States in 1952. The plot of The Silver Chalice centers on the Grail—the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. Tired of “all the Arthurian tripe about the Holy Grail,” Costain imagined his own version of the story. Joseph of Arimathea hires Basil of Antioch, a lowborn artisan, to fashion a beautiful silver casing to hold the plain original cup that Jesus used. The casing is to be decorated with the faces of Jesus and the twelve apostles. To fulfill the commission, Basil travels throughout the ancient Mediterranean world to meet these men and those who knew them intimately. 533 pages.