"Da Vinci Code" Renews Interest in the Grail

The popularity of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has sparked interest in grail legends, according to scholars. An MSNBC article looks the various ways the grail has popped up in literature over the centuries.

King Arthur, T.S. Eliot, Wagner, Monty Python — hundreds of authors, musicians, poets and historians have been inspired by stories of the Holy Grail.

"The important thing about the Grail is its elusive quality," said Joseph Goering, a University of Toronto professor of medieval history whose 2005 book, The Virgin and the Grail: Origins of a Legend draws links to 12th century paintings of Mary holding an enigmatic, radiant bowl. "The Grail is always leading you on in some ways."