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King Arthur's grave was a medieval hoax

By T.K. Randall
March 28, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments



King Arthur is not really buried at Glastonbury Abbey. Image Credit: Charles Ernest Butler
The grave site of King Arthur at Glastonbury Abbey was actually a hoax designed to attract more visitors.
Long purported to be the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur and his wife Guinevere, the marked grave at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England is a bit of a mystery in its own right.

While excavations and discoveries at the site over the years have confirmed that the enigmatic grave actually does date back to the time of King Arthur in the fifth century, there is little evidence to suggest that it actually is the final resting place of the legendary ruler.

Instead, it turns out, the grave may have actually been little more than a medieval hoax.

Records from the time suggest that there had been growing concern over waning interest in Glastonbury Abbey following the construction of Westminster Abbey in London.
In an effort to attract more visitors - as well as the donations that came with them - the monks declared that they had discovered the skeletons of King Arthur and Guinevere in a tree tunk.

Their remains were then allegedly buried in the grounds of the Abbey's new church.

While Glastonbury Abbey never did manage to regain its former glory, the grave of King Arthur certainly helped to draw a significant amount of attention over the proceeding centuries.

The real site of Arthur's grave however - if he ever existed at all - continues to remain a mystery.

Source: Arstechnica.com | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Ya think!
Comment icon #2 Posted by GreenmansGod 7 years ago
People been making tourist traps for thousands of year. I know no doubt the Pyramids, Stonehenge, Church of the Nativity, Mecca, etc are all deep down tourist traps. Tourist traps are not anything new that is for sure.
Comment icon #3 Posted by mackbolin 7 years ago
well this is old news.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Damian395395 7 years ago
@greenmansgod, i doubt Stonehenge or the pyramids are tourists traps. They're megalithic structures,with an architecture complexity that defies mainstream history.
Comment icon #5 Posted by acute 7 years ago
There's an abbey in Glastonbury? All I saw when I went there was a gaggle of hippies trying to sell crystals and dream-catchers from their New Age Mumbo-Jumbo outlets.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Child of Bast 7 years ago
There's an abbey in Glastonbury? All I saw when I went there was a gaggle of hippies trying to sell crystals and dream-catchers from their New Age Mumbo-Jumbo outlets. Yeah I've been to the abbey and have loads of pics.
Comment icon #7 Posted by acute 7 years ago
Yeah I've been to the abbey and have loads of pics. Oh... I missed out there, then. The shops were rubbish, so I went in the pub!


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