As ever Glastonbury festival is set to be another enormous and enjoyale five day event. Already people are queueing in massive traffic jams, reportedly waiting up to 12 hours at a time. The line up for this year’s festival must be spectacular. But here at the Lutterworth Press we can’t help but feel that there’s one figure who really should be up there on stage…
Picture this: the loud cheering of the crowd rolling over Glastonbury, slowly quieting down to a dull thunder as Adele walks off stage after another emotionally evocative and memorable performance. The sun is dipping low on the horizon casting a warm orange glow across the mud soaked crowds.
A figure emerges from the back of the stage, slowly, reverently approaching the fore. A dull hush falls over the audience. A voice booms over the tanoy…
“And now. Live from Glastonbury! It’s Joseph of Arimathea!!!”
What happens next we can only guess. Would Joseph bring along the Holy Grail? Would he talk about his staff sprouting into the Glastonbury Thorn? Would he speak of Christ’s crucifixion? Whatever he did it would certainly be a memorable event, although we can probably conclude that a rockstar entrance is probably not his style.
Nonetheless the myths surrounding St. Joseph of Arimathea, that connect him to Britain and most fascinatingly of all to arthurian legend as the keeper of the Holy Grail, is a story well worth reading about.
And hey, the Lutterworth Press has just the right book for that. Cast your eyes over…
St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury
By Lionel Smithett Lewis
Originally published in 1922, this is the definitive account of the legends of St Joseph of Arimathea and his association with Glastonbury. Reprinted by popular demand, this book tells the story of St Joseph of Arimathea and the legend of his journey to Britain as a metal merchant seeking tin.
Convinced? It’d certainly make good reading during those twelve hour traffic queues! Let us know your Glastonbury stories, teach us what you have learnt about Joseph of Arimathea.