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Joseph of ArimatheaA Study in Reception History$
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William John Lyons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695911.001.0001

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The Glastonbury Joseph

The Glastonbury Joseph

(p.72) 4 The Glastonbury Joseph
Joseph of Arimathea

William John Lyons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Glastonbury traditions about King Arthur and Joseph of Arimathea. It traces these traditions from their origins in the interplay between Arthurian legend and the life of Glastonbury Abbey through their broadest development in the medieval and early modern periods. It examines the political ramifications of the Joseph legend for England as a nation in the debates of the great Church Councils of the fifteenth century. It then sketches the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey by Henry VIII and its current renaissance in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a centre of all manner of spiritualities.

Keywords:   King Arthur, Joseph of Arimathea, Church Councils, Glastonbury Abbey, Henry VIII

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