UALR history professor Laura Smoller will present “How the Holy Grail Got to Valencia” as part of the Evenings with History series at 7:30 p.m. on February 1, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd Street in Little Rock.
Smoller will discuss the evolving legend of the Holy Grail of Valencia and its meaning in Spain’s Golden Age. Visitors to Valencia, Spain – especially those who are also avid readers of Dan Brown’s fictions – may be surprised to discover that a small side chapel of the city’s cathedral houses a cup alleged to be the Holy Grail. The cup enshrined in the cathedral arrived in Valencia at the request of the Aragonese King Martin the Humane in 1399 and passed to the cathedral’s treasury in the early fifteenth century. Pious archaeologists have verified that the cup is consistent with first-century Roman cups.
The Evenings with History series is sponsored by the University History Institute, which is a nonprofit organization of private citizens interested in history and supporting UALR.
An individual can subscribe to the series for $50 annually, which includes admission to all six lectures. A joint subscription to the series, at $90 annually, offers savings of $10 to couples and friends.
At $250 annually, a Fellow of the Institute receives the previous benefits, plus an invitation to special presentations for fellows exclusively, including private evenings with noted authors. The institute also offers a life membership at $1,000 that can be paid in installments. Subscriptions and donations to the institute are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Subscribers to the series help support historical research. Presenters donate their time, and the University History Institute uses all proceeds from the series to encourage research at UALR. In recent years, annual institute grants, made possible by the Evenings with History series, have made major purchases of historical research materials for UALR.
For more information, contact the UALR History Department at 501-569-3225.