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In Somerset, the abbey of which was said to have been founded by Joseph of Arimathea, according to the Grail legends. William of Malmesbury suggests that it may have been one of the first Christianized areas in England, founded by French monks. Giraldus Cambrensis tells the story of the discovery there by the monks of the bodies of Arthur and Guinevere in the 1180s, confirming the story of ‘a certain Breton poet’ who, according to Henry II, said they were buried there. This led to the identification of Glastonbury with Avalon.

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