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The ancient landscape of Cornwall. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

The Evocative Scenery of Cornwall, An Ancient Landscape (Video)


Cornwall, located at the western edge of England, holds a unique place in the tapestry of Britain's diverse landscapes. The Cornish people, part of the Celtic heritage, have their distinct identity, complete with a language and a stunning coastal home. Amidst this evocative scenery, the region is the starting point for many captivating stories, one of which revolves around England's most renowned king. Tintagel Castle, perched dramatically on a North Cornwall headland, is an ancient ruin associated with the birth of King Arthur.

According to medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, it was here that Uther Pendragon and Lady Igraine conceived the future legendary king. The story of King Arthur, his chivalrous Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur, and the quest for the Holy Grail, is etched into the English landscape, resonating through the ages. Among the legends, St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor in Somerset stands out. This site, known as the Isle of Avalon, is where King Arthur is said to rest, ready to return in times of crisis. The Tor, an ancient spiritual place, was even believed to house the Holy Grail, a sacred relic central to Arthurian lore. Cornwall, with its rich history and stunning landscapes, plays a crucial role in preserving the enduring legends of King Arthur and his mythical realm.

Top image: The ancient landscape of Cornwall. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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