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Bron

by Brian Edward Rise
The brother-in-law of Joseph of Arimathea. He is also called the Rich Fisher because of a symbolic fish caught by him and placed beside the Grail. He brings the Grail to Britain after receiving instruction in the secret words involved with the sacred vessel. Prior to his arrival, Bron's twelfth son Alain and his follower Petrus go ahead to make the way for the Grail in the Vales of Avaron (Avalon) in central Somerset. Bron, in the role of Fisher King, lives in Britain for many years before his final peace is aided by Perceval.

Though he may be related to Bran the Blessed, the Grail legend ascribes to him a role unknown in the legends of Bran. There are many more connections, however, and later Welsh tradition seems to accept that the two are one and the same. They often tie Bran to an early Christian mission to Britain.


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