Glastonbury Abbey and the Cycles of History


Originally presented on the centenary of the birth of Geoffrey Ashe, I began by paying a personal tribute to him by telling the story of how my passion for the Abbey was catalysed by his work. I evoked a certain mood with a brief discussion of mystical historian Arnold Toynbee.
A Wheel of Fortune Abbey reverie then began with the remarkable story of Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Devon, interred there after falling victim to the War of the Roses in 1469 and expanded into a consideration of legendary stories of Saints alleged to have visited Glastonbury, such as Joseph of Arimathea, Patrick, Benignus, Brigit, and Gildas, and tales of Arthur and the wasteland, contextualised against events occurring around the dates associated with them, the rise and fall of empires and dynasties, extreme weather and plague.
1 hr 27 mins. 80 images.