Six Questions with Graham Phillips: Historical Detective and Bestselling Author

Who was William Shakespeare really? Where is the Ark of the Covenant today? Does the Holy Grail exist? Could the tomb of Merlin be in the USA? These are only some of the challenging questions Graham Phillips dares to answer. His exceptional talent at seeking out forgotten or missed details of history allows him to offer fresh perspectives and possibilities on some of the most amazing mysteries. Graham investigates with passion. Unsatisfied with accepted history, and not deterred by popular opinion, he has been able to prove many myths and legends hold more than mere entertainment, and that beliefs are not always Truths.

His multiple bestselling books and various works share his discoveries. They take readers not only on an adventurous journey through past and present times, but into new and unexplored territory. I am sure you will enjoy his following six answers. They are lines which demonstrate that the bait of a mystery is truly the thrill of life!


  • 1Q) Since releasing your books in the early 1990’s, which shared incredible and tantalizing new facts about King Arthur, Robin Hood, William Shakespeare, and The Holy Grail, you continue to discover answers to some of the most difficult historical mysteries. What inspires you to embark on such challenging, and sometimes controversial, missions?

I am inspired mainly by the fact that they are mysteries. The idea of being the first person to solve something is really exciting to me.


  • 2Q) It is clear from your numerous bestselling books that you have been successful in solving many of the enigmas you have set out to unravel. However, is there something you have researched that continues to leave you puzzled or remains strangely incomplete?

Yes, the mystery of what happened to Ark of the Covenant. I am on its trail, but still not found it.


  • 3Q) When investigating a subject, would you say there is a method you use that helps most with following the various, entwining paths of history; a method to which then leads you to realizing the remarkable truths behind the mystery?

I take an overview by piecing together the research of the different disciplines of archaeology, history and folklore.


  • 4Q) Many enjoy learning about your fascinating adventures through your books. They draw a reader right into the quest and makes for an exciting ending to which the reader can feel part of. What would you say has been your most surprising find or most thrilling discovery?

The discovery of the cup that may have inspired the Grail legend in the dark loft of an old, creepy house in central England.


  • 5Q) From personally reading your books, it seems to me some of your research has led you to unearth things that others may want to keep hidden or stay forgotten. Have you ever felt in danger or considered to let certain things remain secret because of this?

I have not kept anything a secret but I have felt under threat by the academic establishment sometimes. In particular, when I suggested that William Shakespeare might have been a government spy.


  • 6Q) History offers many mysteries to explore. What holds your passion and dedication? Can you share what you are working on now?

I can never tell what will grab my interest next. It just happens. Right now I am still searching for the lost Ark.


Thanks for your straightforward and humble answers, Graham. Your works inspire all to question the commonplace and seek the Truths in order to discover one’s own answers. A challenge all should embark on.

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3 Responses

  1. Maria Rigel says:

    I have a theory about what inspired the Grail legend that I’m 80% sure about, and it definitely couldn’t be a cup somewhere in England. Among other things, because the origins of the idea go back to the times of Plato.

  2. Maria Rigel says:

    I think the question “Does the Holy Grail exist?” is more philosophical than it seems at first. To give an analogy: Do the laws of nature (such as gravity, relativity, etc) exist? A physicist would probably argue that they are the most real thing there is. On the other hand, laws of nature are only approximations of the truth, and it that sense, they only exist in our minds.

  3. Last night on HC channel Mr. Phillips was seeking the burial site of Moses, supposedly he found the staff. In yesterday’s Bible reading from the Book of Exodus 3:1- 8a, 13 – 15 (30C), what a wonderful story. What’s the latest on find Moses’s grave,etc.

    Thanks for your reply.

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