Glastonbury Abbey was supposedly founded by St. Joseph of Arimathea, who brought the Holy Grail to the Chalice Well in Glastonbury in the mid-1st century. The abbey dominated the small town for centuries and, in medieval times, became enormously rich from the offerings of devoted pilgrims who visited the shrines of the many saints and kings which the abbey presented to the gullible. Most famous were those for King Arthur, King Edmund the Magnificent, King Edmund Ironside, King Edgar the Peacemaker, St. Dunstan, St. Patrick, St. Aidan, St. Hilda, St. Bede, St. Paulinus, St. David and St. Gildas; but Glastonbury had a marvellous marketing machine and many of its claims were probably false.
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