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King Arthur’s legend lives on at Glastonbury Abbey

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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King Arthur's burial place in Glastonbury Abbey

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A special conference is to be held to explore King Arthur’s links to Glastonbury.

His last resting place is said to be Glastonbury Abbey and his remains, along with those of his queen, Guinevere, were found by the monks in 1191.

A century later, in 1278, the bones were placed in caskets and transferred, during a state visit by King Edward I, to a black marble tomb before the High Altar in the great Abbey Church.

There they remained until the abbey was vandalised after the dissolution in 1539.

Julie Hayes, the abbey’s education co-ordinator, said: “As Arthur is the main theme for the festival it is called In the Footsteps of Arthur. The abbey is renowned for its Arthurian connections and Arthur continues to be very popular today.”

Tickets cost £20 for an adult, £18 for concessions, to include lunch, and are available from the Abbey Shop and website www.glastonburyabbey.com.

Glastonbury Abbey is the reputed last resting place of Arthur and Guinevere

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