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> 	The citing of Joseph of Arimathea among Fr. East's recent 
> Interim sanctorals ( for which we are all very grateful), touched off 
> a momentary flurry about the substance of the Noble Joseph's Legenda. 
> The literature on the Arimathean( leben and nach-) is quite sizeable.
> Would anyone care to recommend some solid, scholarly studies of these 
> legenda and their transmission ?... or actually any old collections 
> of these legends.

Dear Joseph,
Not really my bailiwick, but you might look at Antonia Gransden, "The 
Growth of the Glastonbury Traditions and Legends in the 12th 
Century," Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 27 (1976), 
337-358, or her Legends, Traditions and History in Medieval England 
(London, 1992).  However, according to Malcolm Thurlby, "The Lady 
Chapel of Glastonbury Abbey," The Antiquaries Journal, vol. 75 
(1990), 107-170, the association of Joseph of Arimathea with the 
Vetusta Ecclesia only goes back to a 13th-century interpolation in 
William of Malmesbury's De Antiquitate Glastonie Ecclesie.
Cheers,
Jim Bugslag


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