Holy Blood

In the Christian tradition it is believed that Christ at the Last Supper transformed wine into his blood. In 15th century England it appears that translators concerned with the quest for the Holy Grail (Sant Graal) linked this with a quest for Royal Blood (Sang Real). In the early 20th century these themes were developed by a priest at Rennes le Chateau in the Provence. In the 1980s this led to a popular novel called the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and was subsequently a starting point for an even more popular novel by Dan Brown, the Da Vinci Code, which became a Hollywood film.