GLASTONBURY – ORIGINS OF THE SACRED by T.F. Hopkinson-Ball

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In Glastonbury: Origins of the Sacred T.F. Hopkinson-Ball provides a concise and objective overview of the evolution of Glastonbury’s medieval foundation story. Tracing the story’s development from its beginning in the tenth century to its final flowering in the sixteenth, the context in which it took root is explored and the sacred objects, events and phenomena which contributed to its growth are considered. By exploring this largely forgotten story, the reader will discover why Glastonbury was dubbed England’s ‘holyest erth’, and will begin to appreciate the reasons still underlying Glastonbury’s attraction for so many people today.

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The Book

If you were to ask a medieval pilgrim where Christianity was first established in Britain, you would receive the reply ‘Glastonbury’. Without hesitation you would be told how St Philip had sent twelve of his disciples to Britain, appointing St Joseph of Arimathea as their leader. Granted land by a pagan king, these missionaries built a humble wooden church in honour of St Mary on the site upon which Glastonbury Abbey later arose. This popular story emanated from the abbey’s monks who were certain of their monastery’s origins. Or were they?

In Glastonbury: Origins of the Sacred T.F. Hopkinson-Ball provides a concise and objective overview of the evolution of Glastonbury’s medieval foundation story. Tracing the story’s development from its beginning in the tenth century to its final flowering in the sixteenth, the context in which it took root is explored and the sacred objects, events and phenomena which contributed to its growth are considered. By exploring this largely forgotten story, the reader will discover why Glastonbury was dubbed England’s ‘holyest erth’, and will begin to appreciate the reasons still underlying Glastonbury’s attraction for so many people today.

Author/s

Dr. Tim Hopkinson-Ball is a writer, and the biographer of the architect, archaeologist and psychical researcher Frederick Bligh Bond. He has lectured and published on various aspects of Glastonbury’s history. He read Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Kent. He now lives in Somerset.

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