Paul Andruss with one of his fascinating deconstructed legends, this time about King Arthur and Glastonbury.. Even in the middle ages writers were aware that romance sells… hence the addition of the beautiful Guinevere.. but did she really exist.. or Lancelot.. head over and read for yourself.
In 1190 a major fire destroyed a large part of Glastonbury Abbey. During the restoration, monks claimed to have discovered King Arthur’s grave in the Abbey grounds. In the grave were the bones of a giant man, some smaller bones, and a fragment of golden hair. There was also a lead cross with an inscription in Latin. According to Gerald of Wales, the medieval monkish historian who saw the cross, the words read: ‘Here lies the famous King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon with his second wife Guinevere.’
Critics say the Abbey was in sore need of funds to complete the building work. The ability to display Arthur’s grave was a sure crowd puller in the days when the roads, such as they were, were thronged with eager pilgrims on the adventure of a lifetime and out to purge their sins… for a small cash consideration of course.
Then pilgrimage was as ubiquitous as the Spanish package tour of the 1970s, or the charabanc trips our grandparents took. Hundreds of holy shrines, great and small, littered every Christian country. Our Lady had appeared in so many places it is tempting to think she’d done more world tours than the other Madonna.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is about the stories a group of pilgrims told on the 4 day 65 mile trip from London to Canterbury to visit the tomb of Henry II’s intransigent Archbishop Thomas Becket murdered by knights for taking Pope’s side over the King.
Read the rest of this revealing post: http://www.paul-andruss.com/hic-jacet-arthur/