28 January 2017, 9.30am
The Glastonbury Studies Seminar III
at the Abbey House
The Other Avalonians
Scholars and Eccentrics of Glastonbury's Romantic Era
Saturday 28 January 2017
10 am - 4.30 pm
'Lo, the monks were back at Glastonbury!': George Wright, the Holy Grail and the sale of Chalice Well.
By Paul Ashdown M.A.
In 1934, Violet Firth celebrated those she singled out as 'the Avalonians'; other key figures, however, also helped shape changing perceptions of Glastonbury at the beginning of the twentieth century. The earliest of these was George Wright, who in 1886 crafted a new mythology which still flourishes today.
Cardinal Gasquet and the Making of Monastic History.
By Dr. Aidan Bellenger.
Dom Aidan Gasquet (1846–1929), Prior of Downside 1878-1885, was both a pioneer scholar and a propagandist. This emerges in his Henry VIII and the English Monasteries (1888-9) and his study of The Last Abbot of Glastonbury (1895), which set the tone of Roman Catholic devotion at Glastonbury in the first half of the twentieth century. Made Cardinal in 1914, he was Britain's advocate at the Vatican during the First World War.
Armitage Robinson, Glastonbury and the Problems of History.
By Rev. Prof. Mark Chapman.
This paper charts the cautious and critical approach to history of Joseph Armitage Robinson (1858-1933), a leading Cambridge scholar of early Christianity. On becoming Dean of Wells from 1911, he turned his attention to the Glastonbury legends and St Dunstan in an effort to separate fact from fantasy.
'The Silly Vicar of Glastonbury': Lionel Smithett Lewis, Glastonbury and the Holy Grail.
By Dr. Timothy Hopkinson-Ball.
This talk will address the career of Glastonbury's most famous Anglican vicar, Rev. Lionel Smithett Lewis. Although best known as the author of works such as St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury and Glastonbury: Her Saints, less well known is Lewis' interest in the Holy Grail and his attempt to secure the Nanteos Cup for the town.