Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Glastonbury Tor & Abbey and the Kid Lit Blog Hop #47

One of the highlights of our trip to the UK was the time we spent in Glastonbury at the Tor and the Abbey. While die-hard Arthurian scholars scoff at any association with Arthur, for lovers of the romantic—stories of adventure involving knights, kings, damsels in distress, chivalry, mystery, and fantasy—Arthurian Legend, Glastonbury is a must-see.

Here is Glastonbury Tor seen from below. Originally host to an ancient oratory, the structure seen here is what's left of a monastery built around the 15th century. I'm partial to this site as it is the cover for my short King Arthur's Story.

This is the same structure seen from the ground. Another example of the magnificent architecture from medieval times.


That's me standing by one of the arched entrances.

One of my favorite pieces is this wooden cross—a gift from Queen Elizabeth II to the Glastonbury Abbey—because it bears these words:

"It marks a Christian sanctuary so Ancient that only Legend can record its origin."

Here I kneel by what was reputed to be the re-buried remains of Arthur and Guinevere. Monks were said to have found the remains on Abbey grounds in 1191. Who's to say?!

Last, I leave you with one of the entrance arches of the Abbey Church still standing. Even from this picture it is possible to see the intricate and meticulous design.

Now, onto the Hop!

Welcome to the 47th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists.

This hop brings interviews with children's writers Stephanie Dikey and Thereza Howling.

So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! We are pleased to be formally welcoming Stanley & Katrina, pawthors of the newly released The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals (Stanley & Katrina Book 2) , as permanent hosts on the Hop. Also, a big welcome to our co-host this week, Kimbra, the blogger behind The Barefoot Librarian. Welcome to Stanley & Katrina and Kimbra!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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