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Did King Arthur Exist? Bones Found In Glastonbury

Updated on December 4, 2012

There are many people who would like to think that the story of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table did exist.

It is, indeed, a romantic view of brutal times in the land of Britain.

The question you need to ask yourself is did King Arthur really exist or is he just a myth?

Where is the evidence?

Glastonbury is a very magical place. People experience many different things. These are personal to them. This is just one story, I am sure of many, that happened to me long before I moved to this green and pleasant land.

In this article, I tell of a mysterious account of the recovery of some bones pertaining to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.


Visiting The Glastonbury Abbey

It was around the time of my Marian apparition - I have already written about this- however, you can read more from the link at the bottom of this article.

I was with my friend. We decided to visit the world renown Glastonbury Abbey. This was mainly destroyed by Henry VIII in the time of the dissolution (the destruction of the Catholic church - and those who were associated with it - for the creation of the Church of England).

It was a lovely, bright day. We meandered around the ruins and took in the general ambiance. It was just outside the outskirts of the building that Julian (my friend) and I discovered a plaque. It said 'Here lies the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere'.


They looked similar to these but were rounded and presented themselves in a line.
They looked similar to these but were rounded and presented themselves in a line.

King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's Coffins

I remember being quite excited and joyfully boasted to Julian, "I TOLD you, he existed! I was RIGHT!" He was a little surprised, but agreed.

We asked an employee of the Abbey, inside the centre, for more information. Around us was a couple of stone caskets, one in front of the other, and was told that the bones were found in these. Apparently, when they were discovered, Queen Guinevere's coffin was positioned at the feet of King Arthur's casket.

We were told that they were positioned in this manner because Guinevere had wronged Arthur by loving Sir Lancelot (one of the greatest Knights of the Round Table of the Castle of Camelot, supposedly situated at the nearby Cadbury in Somerset).


Searching For The Holy Grail

This made sense to me.

However, I couldn't understand why no one else knew this?

With the various searches for the Holy Grail, surely you would have thought that seekers and Researchers would have highlighted this in books and documentaries?

But to avail, there didn't seem to be much on this.


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Re-Visiting Glastonbury

I was excited to tell of our story to my family and friends. In fact, I convinced them to take a trip with me to Glastonbury and, as a part of our break, take a look at the area.

Within a few weeks, we were all there at Glastonbury Abbey.

I went to the area that the bones were deemed to be recovered.

There was nothing there. I was devastated!

What had they done with the plaque and the bones?

I must say, I was quite distressed!

We went into the information area and I approached an on-site tourist advisor.


Bones Found Of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere?

"Where are the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere?" I asked.

"There are no bones here." He said.

"There was a plaque over there only a few weeks ago. They said that the bones of the King and Queen were found there!"

He replied, "Many, many years ago, there were bones found, but no one knows whether it was King Arthur and Queen Guinevere."

He went on to highlight that, as far as he was aware, there hasn't been a plaque stating anything for as long as he had worked at the Abbey - he had worked there for a number of years!

There must have been, I thought, some evidence for why would there be this?....


Glastonbury - A Place Of Myth, Magic and Legend

Bemused and confused, even to this day, I still can not explain what had happened. I had visited Glastonbury Abbey and seen the site of where the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere had lain. Whether you choose to believe is down to you, but I know that I was blessed with something magical. But that is Glastonbury, afterall, a place of myth, magic and legend. Is it any wonder that it is now my home?

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      6 years ago

      Well I refreshed the page and voted again! I do believe in king Arthur.

      Perhaps the bones will be returned there one day

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      6 years ago

      Great hub, I accidentally voted down :-s won't let me change it!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      I don't know the theories of others. All I have done is tell my story... it was something personal that happened to me, something strange and mysterious, it wasn't an article debating Arthur's existance. I saw the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere one day, the next, they were gone, without a trace.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Please don't let what I'm am about to say burst your bubble about King Arthur. I firmly believe there was some one that this myth was based on or maybe a couple of someones. I just don't think he was a "King" as we understand the word today. I don't think he was at Glastonbury either. I don’t think there was a Lancelot. There was no France (it was Gaul) or any joust during the time of King Arthur. Keep looking for him and you will find him though. He is much older than this King Arthur. Look at the time period first. Try reading a set of books by Jack Whyte. The first book is called The Sky Stone. It is fiction but the author gives a historically correct account of how "King Arthur" could have come about, instead of a fairy tale. It is my favorite "story" of King Arthur.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      A strange and interesting story. Whether King Aurthur really existed or not is a fascinating mystery. But there are stories that come down to us over the years without proof until something is eventually found, fabled cities believed untrue til found. Maybe someday....

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Great Britain

      @dahoglund - well maybe this is a start of your journey!

      @happyboomernurse - Yes, both this and the Marian apparition are true stories. They happened around the same time and have had a marked effect on my life. So much so that I knew that I had to live here. I never told the stories for fear of being thought of as a crack pot. But now I am older - I don't actually care if people think this - I know it is my truth and I am blessed.

      @AliciaC - You know, my father said exactly this on that day I went to show the family the bones. Maybe I, somehow, had a glimpse. What I want to know is... what does it mean? Why did these experiences happen to me?

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A fascinating - and strange - story, shazwellyn! What an interesting experience for you. Ultimate reality is such a mystery to us. It sounds like you tapped into another layer or dimension of this reality.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      This is magical and also a bit spooky- like a twilight zone story. I looked to see if this was creative fiction but see it's categorized as education and science so you were talking about a real experience that you had. I'll have to read your hub about your Marian apparition.

      Great hub. Some things are just inexplicable but when they happen to us, personally, we just know they are real. Science can't explain everything, only the things that we currently have proof and understanding of. For that reason science tends to stay away from examining paranormal activities although nowadays some are beginning to study it, but the science is in its infancy.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Interesting. I have no opinion about the existence of King Arthur as I have never really done any research on it.


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