The Glastonburians



King_Arthur.jpgThe picture above shows King Arthur and 20 of the highest ranking knights. The table was round to show that no knight was superior to another.
King Arthur's nephew, Mordred, came to Camelot and seemed to fit in well there as a knight. But he secretly hated King Arthur, and began to plot so that he could become the King of Britain. As King Arthur didn't have any sons, the throne would surely go to a nephew. And Mordred intended to be that nephew.
When the Saxons started to attack King Arthur's lands again, he rode off to battle with them. And while King Arthur was gone, Mordred made his move, and raised an army to make him King instead. After King Arthur fought the Saxons, he had no choice but to march out and fight Mordred. During the battle, they struck each other with mortal blows. Mordred died quickly.

The sword did not have a chance to hit the water; for a hand rose from the deep center of the lake, and caught the sword neatly. It saluted Bedivere three times, and then sank beneath the surface, until all that was left were the waves lapping at the bank, and the wind in the reeds.
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Whether King Arthur was a real person or not, is unknown, but since all of the stories about him have characters with superhuman abilities, and other imaginary creatures, it is assumed that he is only a fictional character. The Name Arthur comes from the Celtic word Art, meaning bear. It is believed that Arthur was a Celtic God, because many of them were named after forest animals.The place name 'Camelot' does not occur in early versions of the story of Arthur. However, Geoffrey of Monmouth (1133AD) tells how Arthur held court at 'The City Of The Legions' and leaves us in little doubt that this was Caerleon. Certainly Caerleon would have been a most impressive location for Arthur to hold court for important rulers, with its splendid roman remains. Equally, we can be sure that only a professional army could defend the Roman fortress ruins. If Caerleon was more than just a meeting place for Arthur we must look to the surrounding hill tops for the location of his 'castle'. Cadbury Castle in Somerset has long been associated with the legend of Arthur and there are good reasons for supposing that this could be the location of Camelot.

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The stories of Arthur and the Round Table have been retold many times and in many different ways throught out the years. This is why the legends have stayed alive, they play on the intrests of people adults and children alike. Examples are the 2004 movie King Arthur, the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the 1963 Disney film Sword in the Stone. The movie King Arthur played on the action emotions of people, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail took a twist and appealed to the funny side of emotions, and the Disney movie Sword in the Stone was animated so this highly appealed to children.

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The Holy Grial was said to be used by Christ, but was lost. It was said that it would be discovered again someday by a decendent of St. Joseph who is the best knight in the land. King Arthur and the knights of the round table set out on a many year search all across England to find the Holy Grail. After some time of searching one knight named Galahad found the Castle of Corbenic, where the grail had been kept for many centries.




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This is the emblem King Arthur gave the Knights of the Round Table wear around their necks.
The red dragon symboled the knights allegiance with King Arthur, the Round Table stood for the eternity of God and all the duties and the unity of each Knight, and the Cross was to be a reminder they were to live a pure and stainless life.





This is the Glastombury Tor, here is were King Arthur came to get help for some wounds he suffered form. This is the place wear he would wait for the next time he was needed.
Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury Tor




Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey
This is the Glastonbury Abbey. Its the greatest monastic foundation and church in Britain. This is were King Arthur was supposibly buried in the Isle of Avalon, witch is now called Glastonbury. This is the possible reason that they use this name. King Arthurs possible grave was found in 1191, his toomb was uncovered by some people restoring the abbey after a fire in 1184. Over the years, the abbey has become the center of Britain's history, largely because of its role in the creation and development of the legends of Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur.



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Standing high on the side of an English hill, its religious roots go back 2,000 years. But a single night of vandalism has left an ancient site of pilgrimage in splinters.
The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down and is being seen by some as a act of anti-Christian act.
A feature of the skyline surrounding the Somerset town, the tree has been visited by thousands retracing the steps said to have been taken by Joseph of Arimathea, who some say was Jesus’ great uncle.


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the vandalised holy thorn tree

Police tape surrounds the Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury as local towns people look on. The branches were cut off overnight and a police investigation has been launched.



The tree in all its glory before it was hacked apart. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. To the right of the tree, in the distance, is Glastonbury Tor
The tree in all its glory before it was hacked apart. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. To the right of the tree, in the distance, is Glastonbury Tor