John of Glastonbury

John of Glastonbury (fl. c. 1340) was a Benedictine monk[1] and chronicler.[2] His real name may have been John Seen.[3]

In the mid fourteenth century John wrote the Cronica Sive Antiquitates Glastoniensis Ecclesie (Chronicles or Antiquities of the Glastonbury Church) which is a chronicle of Glastonbury Abbey, from when it was founded, up to the period of John's life. The Cronica survives as a full text over seven manuscripts.[4] The Cronica refers to the Arthurian legends several times, and John drew extensively on De Antiquitate Glastonie Ecclesie by William of Malmesbury.[5]


  1. Luxford 2008, p. 48.
  2. Kennedy 2005, p. 49.
  3. Carley, James P.; Townsend, David. Chronicle of Glastonbury Abbey: An Edition, Translation and Study of John of Glastonbury's Cronica sive Antiquitates:. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0851158594.
  4. of Glastonbury 1985, p. XI.
  5. Echard 1998, p. 122.


  • Echard, Siân (1998). Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-62126-7.
  • Luxford, Julian M. (2008). The Art and Architecture of English Benedictine Monasteries, 1300-1540: A Patronage History. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1-84383-153-2.
  • Kennedy, Edward D. (2005). "Visions of History: Robert de Boron and English Arthurian Chroniclers". In Lacy, Norris J. (ed.). The Fortunes of King Arthur. D.S.Brewer. pp. 29–46. ISBN 978-1-84384-061-9.
  • of Glastonbury, John (1985). Carley, James P. (ed.). Cronica Sive Antiquitates Glastoniensis Ecclesie: Chronicle of Glastonbury Abbey. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0-85115-409-1.
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