Glastonbury, the ancient Isle of Avalon, is known throughout the world as a holy shrine, an ancient sanctuary, a sacred centre overflowing with history, myths and legends.
Within its landscape are hidden tales of ancient fertility rituals and a neolithic spiral maze...
- the cauldron of inspiration, the Holy Grail and the elixir of life;
- a faery castle, a magic mountain and lights in the hills;
- King Arthur, the Round Table of the Zodiac and the story of creation;
- the oldest church in Britain, the coming of the saints, and the chalice of the Last Supper;
- secret passages, running water and inexplicable shafts of light;
- a megalithic moon observatory, lines on the landscape and a sacred egg-stone.
For the visitor, the armchair traveller, or the reader who simply wonders what continues to attract so many thousands to this ancient sacred place, this guidebook will provide an interesting introduction.
Since its publication in 1982, Glastonbury: Maker of Myths has sold over 50,000 copies. Now substantially revised and updated, this new edition also looks at Glastonbury today, its ever-changing population, its pilgrims, problems and plans for the future.
The legends of Glastonbury are closely interwoven with its landscape, monuments and natural features. They come to life in their natural setting, whose subtle beauties are illustrated in this helpful companionable guide to Glastonbury's shrines and secret places. John Michell
FRANCES HOWARD-GORDON has lived in Glastonbury for over 20 years, after leaving London where she worked as a film director for BBC-TV and as a freelance journalist. She owns and runs Gothic Image bookshop, publishing and tours with her partner Jamie George.
Prehistory, Celts and Druids, Arthurian associations, Archaeological chronology, Tunnels and waterways
Prehistory and Celtic associations, Medieval, Christian and Arthurian associations
Prehistory, Celts and Druids, Arthurian associations, Christian associations
THE LAKE VILLAGES
Christian and Arthurian associations, Peat Moors Visitors' Centre,
Prehistory, Christian associations and chronological history, Arthurian associations
THE ABBEY BARN
THE SEVEN SACRED ISLANDS
Prehistory, Celts and Druids, Arthurian associations, Archaeological chronology and Christian associations
THE WHITE SPRING
GOG AND MAGOG
THE GLASTONBURY ZODIAC
Associations with the Zodiac, The Signs in the landscape
THE GEORGE & PILGRIMS HOTEL
THE CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN BAPTIST
SAINT BENEDICT'S CHURCH
SAINT MARY'S CHURCH
The cult of Mary
History, The present
History, The present
DIARY OF EVENTS