DURHOLME - the ley home of the Prince Bishop's Men

Saint Cuthbert

Shortly after the loss of Arthur and Avalon from the world, Cuthbert came to the North-East of Albion. He preached that if people were wise, and followed his teachings, he would lead them back to Avalon. As his teachings of fairness and peace were considered wise, he was made the first Bishop of Lindesfarne. He died, in seclusion, on a small island off the coast of Albion.

After his death, Cuthbert's body was taken to the Monastery at Lindesfarne. His body was found to be unaffected by the normal processes of decay, and many miracles were claimed. As a result Lindesfarne became a common destination for pilgrimage, and the Monastery became wealthy. Unfortunately this also brought it to the attention of raiders, and his body was removed in 723.

In 795, the Monks bore Cuthbert's body to Dun Hill. Finding it was impossible to move the body further, they built a Temple to Cuthbert there. Around it grew the town of Durholme. The first Bishop of Durholme, Aldhun, swore to continue in Cuthbert's footsteps, and guide the people back to Avalon.

In 1096, after the Civil War, it was found that Cuthbert's body had risen from the ground. Followed by Monks, and crowds of onlookers, it moved to the nearest transport circle, and from there to Avalon. It stopped in the ruins of an old city, that was raised again as New Durholme. In this fashion, the prophecy of him leading the return to Avalon was fulfilled.

In November 1100, the day before the Dream of Avalon ended, the casket holding Cuthbert's body vanished from the Shrine and New Durholme.