Glastonbury

in Arthurian legend, was where king Arthur was buried. Selden, in his Illustrations of Drayton, says the tomb was “betwixt two pillars,” and he adds, “Henry II. gave command to Henry de Blois, the abbot, to make great search for the body, which was found in a wooden coffin some sixteen foote deepe; and afterwards was found a stone on whose lower side was fixt a leaden cross with the name inscribed.” The authority of Selden no doubt is very great, but it is too great a tax on our credulity to credit this statement.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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