Tintagel: King Arthur’s Castle
I recently visited Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, which has become inexorably linked with Arthurian legend. Writing around 1135–38, Geoffrey of Monmouth was the first to suggest that King Arthur was conceived at Tintagel.
Legend (literally) has it that Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon, had fallen in love with the Duke of Cornwall’s wife, Igraine. The Duke of Cornwall thus had her shut up at Tintagel, believing its being surrounded by sea on all sides, and accessible only by a narrow rocky walkway, would make it impenetrable to Pendragon’s armies. Then Merlin shows up, transforms Pendragon to have the Duke of Cornwall’s appearance, he seeks out Igraine and "in that night was the most famous of men, Arthur, conceived.”
Photo is my own | quote from Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (“History of the Kings of Britain”)