Glastonbury Holy Thorn. Story of a Legend
By Adam Stout
Hardback, 6.5" x 9.5", 154 pp.
Copiously illustrated, with line drawings, photographs, and 16 colour plates.
The Holy Thorn of Glastonbury is the stuff that legends are made of. Stories grow on it like fruit and wrap around it like creepers. It's a shape-shifter. It's been Catholic, Protestant, Pagan, universal. It's succoured royalty, loyalty, defiance and subversion. It's been condemned as patriarchal and revered as a feminine spirit. It's been harnessed by imperialists, peacemakers, nationalists and universalists. It's stood for better times and better days. For Christmas cheer and better nature, for all trees and nature, for peace and hope. This book is the biography of a symbol.
Dr Adam Stout is a writer and historian, and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universities of Wales, Leicester, Exeter and Southampton. He has written and lectured widely on the idea of Glastonbury.
Green & Pleasant Publishing, Glastonbury
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