Myth and Reality: A Necessary Marriage at Twelfth Century Glastonbury


By Laura Musselwhite, published 31st May 2001

It is the habitation of strangers and the domination of foreigners. There is today no Englishman who is either earl, bishop or abbot. The newcomers devour the riches and entrails of England, and there is no hope of the misery coming to an end…the fatal day for England, the mournful end of the sweet country, the coming of the new lord.1 Thus William of Malmesbury describes the Norman Conquest.

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