Glastonbury: Maker of Myths
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 inspiring introduction.
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 labyrinth, 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, healing waters and inexplicable shafts of light; lines of energy, a hidden egg-stone and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled.
First published in 1982 and reprinted many times, this latest edition of an old favourite has been substantially updated and redesigned, and new chapters added as more information and research has come to light.
This edition also looks in depth at Glastonbury with its changing population, its pilgrims, problems and plans.
“The legends of Glastonbury are closely interwoven with its landscape, monuments and natural features. They come to life in their native 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 45 years after growing up in Notting Hill, London, where she worked as a researcher and film director for BBCTV Current Affairs and News programmes, then as a freelance journalist, and later living in Morocco for several years. With her partner Jamie George, she owned and ran Gothic Image Bookshop, Publishing and Tours for 40 years until the shop was sold in 2019. She is a Russian speaker and organised many tours to Russia, the Caucasus and Siberia. Gothic Image Publications and Tours are still operating.