A look at the legends of Glastonbury

Glastonbury is located in the south-west of England in the county of Somerset and it is famous for many reasons. One of the most notable events that takes place in the town is the music festival which takes place every summer. It is also well known to having connections with King Arthur, Jesus as well as the holy grail.

Tradition states that the uncle of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, came to Glastonbury and 37 A.D. and travelled with the holy grail. The holy grail is the cup Jesus drank out of during the Last Supper and is believed to have caught several drops of his blood during his crucifixion.

The legend about Joseph states that when he was in this part of the country he thrust his walking stick into the ground and the walking stick grew into a tree. It is believed that this tree remained present in Glastonbury until the times of the Puritans and at this point it was judged to be superstitious and was cut down. The cuttings from this tree were taken by monks and were preserved.

Legend says that these cuttings were then planted and now one of these trees stands at the local abbey. At Christmas time this tree blossoms and the vicar will cut a sprig from it and send it to the Royal family to use as decoration in their home.

Glastonbury is also particularly famous for being the inspiration of William Blake’s great poem which was later set to the music of Jerusalem. The speculation is that William Blake wrote the poem about a visit the Jesus might have made to Glastonbury. This is unconfirmed speculation, but the Bible doesn’t have information about Christ’s life for nearly 20 years, and it is expected that he possibly travelled to England during this time