The Monks said they
found it at Glastonbury Abbey.
- The stories say that King
Arthur was taken to the Isle of Avalon after the Battle
of Camlann. Some stories say he died there.
- But no-one knows where
- In 1184, there was a big
fire at the monastery of Glastonbury
Abbey in Somerset. Most of the Norman church there was burnt
to the ground.
- The monks
were desperate for money to pay for the rebuilding work.
- The monks said they were
told that King Arthur was buried in the cemetery at their
abbey. So they dug a big hole between two carved stones shaped
- The monks said they
found the grave of a man and a woman, along with a cross made
- The cross had Latin
writing on it. It said 'Here lies the famous King Arthur in
the Isle of Avalon'.
- When the new church was
built, the monks moved the bodies inside to a new tomb and
built a big monument over it.
- Lots of people called 'pilgrims'
came to see King Arthur's tomb. They gave the abbey lots of
- The monks were able to
pay the people who built their new church and everyone was
- This all sounds very
convenient. Were the monks just lucky? or did they make it all
up to get
the money they needed? What
do you think?