Rosslyn Chapel, eight miles south of Edinburgh, has captured the imagination of many in recent years. This extraordinary building, dating from the fifteenth century, has long been a place of pilgrimage for people with widely differing interests, whether historical, architectural or spiritual.
P.L. Snow has for many years been gathering the stories that are represented by the numerous carvings inside and outside the chapel building. Many of the carvings, eroded by the years or damaged by vandalism during the Reformation, have been lovingly restored over time. They are eloquent illustrations of the biblical, historical and legendary tales that they represent.
This book traces themes of transformation and metamorphosis through inward endeavour, and will be fascinating for anyone interested in stories from the beginnings of the world, Ancient Egypt, the Holy Land, Celtic myth and Scottish history.
P.L. Snow was born in 1950. He has been a barman, an office clerk, a warehouseman, a social worker, a goat-herd in Corsica and a psychiatric nurse, before becoming a teacher of English and Drama in the Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh.
Preface: Rosslyn and its stories and legends Introduction: A Brief History of Rosslyn 1. The Expulsion from Eden 2. The Golden Legend 3. The Green Men -- Osiris 4. Hermes Trismegistus 5. Melchizedek, Abraham and Isaac 6. Moses 7. The Temple of Solomon 8. Elijah 9. The Three Kings 10. Saint Veronica 11. The Soldiers of Golgotha 12. The Cockle Shell 13. Mani and the Cathars 14. The Twin Dragons 15. The Legend of the Holy Grail 16. Saint Margaret 17. The Rise and Fall of the Templars 18. The Heart of Robert the Bruce 19. The Rose Cross: A Fantasy of Rosslyn 20. The Last of the Templars Epilogue