Avalon – King Arthur’s Final Destination

If you’ve read my Moon Stealer books you will know that I propose a location for Avalon from the King Arthur legends. But there are lots of possible theories about where the final resting place of King Arthur could be. Here are some of them…

In the legends of King Arthur it is stated that after he was mortally wounded, in his final battle at Camlann, his body was placed on a large ship and transported to Avalon. This magical island would facilitate the healing of his wounds and be his resting place, until he returned to Britain to defend his beloved nation.  In many of the stories Arthur is believed to be immortal, while in others it is implied that he died while living in Avalon. Due to the fact that his death occurred many centuries ago, modern day historians and others interested in the legends still are unsure of the exact location of Avalon.

shutterstock_425319052-1The connection between the king and Avalon can be traced back to the origin of the legendary sword Excalibur, which was forged on the island. It was also the home of the sorcerer, Morgan le Fay, and her 8 sisters. The island was shrouded in mystery and magic, and was ruled by the sisters, but with laws designed for the happiness and longevity of its inhabitants. Avalon was also known as The Isles of Apples, and there was no need for any outsider input as it was completely self-sufficient, taking care of its own trees, plants and people.

In 1190, a search was conducted by the monks at Glastonbury Abbey, by order of the king. After digging up the entire compound, the monks claimed to have found the bones of King Arthur in a tree trunk coffin, buried 16ft underground.  Inscribed on the coffin was, ‘Here lies entombed the renowned King Arthur in the island of Avalon.’ At the time Glastonbury was surrounded by marshes, which became the evidence used to determine that it had been an island in previous years. During King Arthur’s reign there would have been one entry to the island, via the sea, but the Romans built other roads in while they inhabited Britain.

shutterstock_327512246Historians have conflicting views about Glastonbury Abbey being the place that the king was transported to after death. Some believe that the discovery of his tomb was staged in an effort for the monks to raise money to keep the abbey going. Others feel that the king ordered the search to prove to the nation that Arthur was not going to rise from the dead, and come to their rescue. Many others do agree, however, that Glastonbury Abbey fits the description of Avalon perfectly, especially with the large amount of apple orchards in the area. There have been other places which it has been suggested fit the description of Avalon just as well as Glastonbury, including Sicily, and several Mediterranean islands.

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