Coding the Grail?

Posted by jerry on May 14th, 2004 — Posted in History, Journal, Travel, Writing

The Brits have a real penchant for anything related to the Arthurian legend and the quest for the Holy Grail. And now it seems that a mysterious 18th Century inscription has set people again wondering if the Grail might yet be found. Now some of the best codebreakers have got together to see if they can read the inscription – including past and present codebreakers from Bletchley Park and its present day version, GCHQ.

It may of course just be a special message to a dear departed loved one. Some of those who have begun to examine the inscription feel that it contains Classical allusions, but it remains to be seen whether there is enough of the inscription to provide a key or way into the code. The inscription is on a monument at Shugborough Hall in the grounds of Lord Lichfield’s estate in Staffordshire, UK, and The Guardian has a picture of the inscription here


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