Glastonbury

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Duration: 30 minutes

Westcountry comedian Tom Craine discovers the rich and colourful history of Glastonbury and uncovers its role in some of the most extraordinary events that Britain has ever seen. From the birth of Christianity in Europe to Henry VIII's dissolution of the abbey and execution of the abbot, Tom journeys through 2000 years of history - from Jesus to Jay-Z - to separate fact from fiction.

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    BBC The Great British Story: A People's History

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    This complementary series looks at history through the eyes of ordinary people.

    Rulers and royals, lords and ladies have all had their say down the centuries, what were the last 1,600 years like for everyday Britons?

    Also, historian Michael Wood provides a wealth of hints, pointers and inspiration to get you started on your own historical journey in The Great British Story on the website below.

    BBC The Great British Story: A People's History
  • Presenter: Tom Craine

    Presenter: Tom Craine

    Glastonbury is a stunning landscape, bordered by the Mendip Hills to the north and the ocean to the west.

    It’s the site of some of the most extraordinary events that Britain has ever seen.

    Presenter Tom Craine discovers the rich and colourful history of the area and uncovers its layers of legend and mystery.

  • Video feature: Glastonbury holy well's links with Jesus Christ

    Video feature: Glastonbury holy well's links with Jesus Christ

    The Chalice Well at the foot of Glastonbury Tor is one of the best known holy wells in Britain.

    Joseph of Arimathea is said to have buried the cup which Jesus used at the Last Supper at the site.

    The water that flows at the well is sometimes called the "blood spring" and its high iron content is said to have strength-boosting properties.

    Presenter Tom Craine talks to Natasha Wardle about the well's remarkable history.

    Watch the full video feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Glastonbury holy well's links with Jesus Christ

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Dimitri Houtart

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