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The Thorn King

The thorn king refers to Jesus Christ for the crown of thorns placed upon his head by the Romans before he was crucified. The story of the thorn king was carried to the British Isles by Joseph of Arimathea.

Glastonbury Tor

The legendary Glastonbury Tor is located about 225 kilometers from London. The area is popular for both King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Some legends refer to King Arthur as another Thorn King, anointed at birth to unite England and whose death marked both an end and a new beginning for the Arthur who would rise again when England needed him most.

According to French poet Robert de Boron, Joseph of Arimathea traveled to England from the Holy Land carrying the Grail and the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. When he arrived at the Tor, he stabbed his staff into the ground and it turned into a thorn tree (a hybrid of the Hawthorne). The tree stood at the entrance to the Tor, the abbey constructed by Joseph to house the grail until the mid 1600s when it was cut down during England's religious civil war.

Mingling Celtic Legend

Other tales suggest the original Grail was a Celtic relic, not the Grail associated with Christ's crucifixion. Those legends suggest that as a young boy, Jesus traveled with his Uncle to England and they built the first Church at the Glastonbury Tor and that is why Joseph returned there after Jesus' death.

Other legends suggest that the Tor was a holy site long before the Christian Church arrived, sacred to the druids where the marriage between the land and the people was enacted. The rise of Christianity in Europe found a foothold by combing Celtic legend with Christian doctrine, giving birth to the Grail legend at Glastonbury.

Arthurian legends often incorporate the Tor, likening it the mysterious Isle of Avalon for the hill can become surrounded by water during the flooding springs. In 1191, monks at Glastonbury Abbey claimed to have found the internment tomb of Arthur and his Queen, but the remains were moved to other churches to share the relics out, uniting the last of the pagan holdouts to the church. Unfortunately, the relics were lost sometime during the Reformation fever that swept England during the 1600s.

The Thorn

Although the original tree credited to Joseph of Arimathea was cut down during the Reformation, several off shoots grown from its seeds are located around Glastonbury (the only area in England they can be found) and the trees flower twice a year. Once a year, a sprig from those trees is cut and sent to the royal family to decorate the Queen's table.

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The thorn king refers to Jesus Christ for the crown of thorns placed upon his head by the Romans before he was crucified. The story of the thorn king was carried to the British Isles by Joseph of Arimathea.

Glastonbury Tor

The legendary Glastonbury Tor is located about...

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  • David Mathi Raj Samuel
    June 26, 2015
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    Hello,

    I presume to request you to make a correction in the above paragraph under 'Mingling Celtic Legend'....
    .......Those legends suggest that as a young boy, Jesus traveled with his Uncle to England ...

    is it "Jesus traveled" or "Joseph traveled" ...

    Kindly explain....

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