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...don't call me Junior!

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CHARACTER
Grail Knight
Knight
Gender Male
Birth c.1066[1]
Death 1938
Grail Temple, Hatay (Presumed)
Nationality FrenchFlag French

Profession(s)

Protector of the Holy Grail

Allegiance(s)

Knights of the First Crusade

"He chose... poorly."
―Grail Knight[src]

The Grail Knight or Guardian of the Holy Grail was the last of three brothers who found and guarded the Holy Grail for many years.

BiographyEdit

The man who would become the Grail Knight was estimated by Indiana Jones to have been born around 1066.[1]

In the late eleventh century,[2] he and his two brothers (Richard and a third sibling) became Knights of the First Crusade. During their journeys in the Holy Land, they discovered the Holy Grail and protected it at the Temple of the Sun in the Canyon of the Crescent Moon for 150 years, using the Grail's power to extend their lifespans. Chosen to remain as the Grail's sole guardian because he was the bravest and most worthy, his two brothers traveled back to Europe, leaving behind two markers leading to the Grail's location. The Knight lived in a side chamber off of the inner sanctuary of the Temple of the Sun, and had a book to read by firelight.

Though drinking from the Grail had extended his life beyond normal mortals, the centuries that passed had sapped his strength. When Indiana Jones entered the inner sanctuary in 1938, the Knight stopped his reading and drew his sword, but was unable to put up proper resistance to the archaeologist.

Knight

The Grail Knight's encounter with Indiana Jones.

Gracious in defeat and sensing Jones as some sort of curiously dressed knight, the Knight tried to pass on his sword and role of protector to Jones but was interrupted by the arrival of Walter Donovan and Elsa Schneider. Donovan demanded that the Knight reveal which was the true Holy Grail, but the Knight refused to do so, warning that they must choose on their own as a final test. Donovan allowed Schneider to choose for him, and she selected for him a false one.

After Donovan drank from it and rapidly aged and disintegrated into dust, the Knight remarked that Donovan had chosen poorly. Jones subsequently found the correct one, and after drinking from it without ill effect, the Knight informed Jones that he had indeed chosen wisely. He then warned Jones and Schneider that the price of the Grail's miraculous effects was that it could not be taken past the Great Seal on the floor of the Temple's front chamber.

The Knight was last seen awaiting the collapse of the Temple of the Sun after Schneider crossed the Great Seal with the Grail.

Personality and traitsEdit

The Grail Knight was chosen to remain as the Holy Grail's guardian as he was deemed the bravest and most worthy of the three brothers that had found the relic. However, during the centuries, the knight physically aged a year every time his spirit wavered.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Grail Knight was played by Robert Eddison in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

While unnamed in the final film, the Grail Knight introduces himself to Indiana Jones in Jeffrey Boam's revised first draft of Indy III: "I am Lord de Bauvis[sic], seigneur of St. Gobain and Folembray. Castellan de Cambri, Viscount of Savoy... known far and wide as William the Lion, Duke of Brittany." In this version of the script, Jones bests the Grail Knight who is on horseback and the crusader reveals the Holy Grail to be hidden within an earthenware jug Jones drank from to test the water. The knight rides out of the temple after Jones and his father leave but his mount and he are turned to stone then sand and blown away by the explosion that seals the temple. In the second revision, the Grail Knight becomes a skeleton when they leave.[4]

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, the Grail Knight battles Indy in the Grail chamber. In the film, he attempts to fight Indy, but stops when his strength leaves him.

It would be unlikely for an eleventh century figure to be able to communicate in 20th-century English, as depicted in the film, even if the French knight knew the English language of his day. The First Crusade lasted from 1096-1099, which in linguistic history marks the very end of the Old English period and the beginning of Middle English, either of which would be quite unintelligible to a speaker from the 20th century. In fact, even the French of that time period (the knight's presumed native tongue) would sound strange to a modern speaker of French.

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