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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Lutterworth Press; New edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718891651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718891657
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lionel Smithett Lewis is the late vicar of Glastonbury.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. S. Pegler on 31 Mar 2012
The Rev. Lionel Smithett Lewis first wrote this as a 16 page pamphlet in 1922. With the aid of contributing enthusiasts it grew through several editions to the final 210 page hardback published posthumously in 1955.

The content of this book has been used as a source material for hundreds of websites and books by Christians and other spiritually minded people who want to believe in the Glastonbury Legends relating to Joseph of Arimathea.

Lewis was himself a believer in the legends and reinstituted the tradition of sending a sprig of the Glastonbury Holy thorn to the British monarch at Xmas time. He believed that the Nanteos Cup (once held at Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth) may have been the real Holy Grail and tried to persuade the owner to return it to Glastonbury. This attempt failed but the correspondence between Lewis and Mrs. Powell is preserved at the National Library of Wales.

The book gives an impressive number of "authorities" for the Arimathea legend but many of these post-date the Middle Ages and some of the supposed earlier ones are less than impressive under scrutiny.

The book is largely ignored by mainstream academics working in this field, although Juliette Wood of Cardiff University was less than kind, comparing it to "an Internet chat room".

Nevertheless in spite of its many flaws it is a charming book and has been very influential, even today, for the many who want to believe, but the scholarship therein has been largely superceded by the work that has been done in the last century, even while Lewis was alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShiDaDao Ph.D on 13 July 2011
This is a delightful book to encounter, first published in 1922, and written by Reverend Lionel Smithett Lewis (died 1953), a former vicar of Glastonbury, with an entry in the Peerage history of the United Kingdom. The book carried the subtitle of 'The Apolostolic Church of Britain', and is a curious blend of mythology and history.

The paperback (1982) edition contains 211 numbered pages and is separated into into 5 parts. Part I contains 1 chapter and has no title:

Part I.
Chapter 1. Antiquity of Glastonbury and the Origin of the National Church.
Part II - Traditions.
Chapter 2. St Joseph of Arimathea.
Chapter 3. Good King Lucius.
Chapter 4. Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin.
Chapter 5. Topical Support of the Traditions.
Part III - Authorities.
Chapter 6. The Coming of the Disciples of Christ.
Chapter 7. The coming of St. Joseph of Arimathea.
Chapter 8. The Coming of St. Philip to France.
Chapter 9. The Coming of St. Simon Zelotes.
Chapter 10. The Coming of Aristobulus.
Chapter 11. The Coming os St Paul.
Part IV - Evidences.
Chapter 12. Early Missions to Britain.
Chapter 13. Early Fathers, Dioletian Persecution, Church Councils, and Pelagian Heresy.
Chapter 14. Conclusion.

Christianity in early Britain appears to have taken root on the West side of the country and pre-dates the arrival of Roman Catholicism. This early Christianity was monastic based and integrated with the indigenous Celtic culture of the area - forming what has become known as Celtic Christianity. As a school of Christianity it has a distinct expression unique to itself and is very different to Roman Catholicism and the later Protestantism.
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Joseph of Arimathea 6 Nov 2011
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Amazing history about Joseph, and how he and Mary the mother of Jesus are buried in England. Meticulous research of ancient records
and traditional stories and other evidence. Convincing!
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Christians should read this 19 Feb 2013
By R. K. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Not many know the details of what happened in the diaspora from Jewry in its attempt to destroy Christianity. This book, along with The Drama of the Lost Disciples, deserves to be on every scholars shelf, and more, in the hands of those who want to read a thrilling and well told history of the earliest church.
Wonderful! 25 May 2014
By merrygardener - Published on Amazon.com
Well-written, if a bit repetitive introduction to the primary literature pertaining to the founding of the Christian Church in Great Britain and the role of St. Joseph of Arimathea in that endeavor. Bright and lively discussion.
St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury 25 Aug 2013
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Continuing research into the origins of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church. Many historical questions answered. Blind belief replaced with knowledge.
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