King Arthur From Cornwall to Wales (and back?)


So did King Arthur really come from Wales, or did he just go there on his holidays? You know these kinds of questions go through ones’ mind all the time Wesley Joanna?

I have come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be so difficult to travel back and forth between the North Cornwall Coast (say Tinatgel!) and the Welsh coast.

Roads could have been an option immediately after the Roman’s withdrew their military in 410 AD. But how long after that, did it start getting difficult to travel across country?  Would overland routes have been safe by Arthur’s time (if we accept he is 5th Century) and things had got a little out of hand by then?

So going by sea from Tintagel, Lundy Island could be a handy stop off point before heading up the Bristol Channel. Timing things right the tide might carry you along past Cardiff to what is now Newport. A little further on and up the river Usk is Caerleon, City of the Legions. Isca in Roman times

When we went to Cardiff last year it was full of red dragons – on flags. The Welsh have such a great national symbol. But it’s Uther Pendragon’s (Arthur’s father) and Arthur’s symbol too. And Uther has been associated with the Welsh King Brychan. He who had children in multiples of twelve and sent them to Cornwall as Christian missionaries. Maybe Materiana’s church at Tintagel was founded by a daughter of Brychan. The ladies who look after the church will tell you she was a Welsh princess.

Geoffrey of Monmouth says that Arthur held court and wore his crown at Caerleon, The City of the Legions on the river Usk not far from the Severn Sea.

There was a fantastic feast and kings, leaders and clergymen attended with many retainers. There were three days of knightly competition with great prizes and the women remained chaste to impress the knights! After that it all got a bit political.

It would make sense for a great leader of the Britains to use a Roman military town for his own army and for the facilities there. Would it make a good Camelot? Today you can view the Roman baths. What a lovely luxury. The museum there has a fine collection of gem stones that fell from their ring settings while bathers wallowed! And there’s an amphitheatre – a great place to gather. Maybe a bit of a stretch to suggest it as a round table? Plenty of space in the barracks for all those retainers too.

These pics have been waiting to be posted since last April! All the exterior ruins at Caerleon are free to visit as are the fortress baths and the National Roman Legion Museum. They are all within walking distance of each other.   

This  blog piece has been taken from the Cornish Heritage Safaris Facebook post. The original Facebook post on 26 Feb 2015, vanished but is now restored with photos as from 10 March 2015. Hopefully.

Please see Facebook for the pictures.