Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is a view of the beach and Merlin's Cave from the ascent to Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle was, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth in his History of the Kings of Britain, written 1139, the birthplace of King Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon and Queen Igraine.

But this is just legend. There is no evidence to either prove or disprove this story.

However, there was some kind of monastic settlement here in the 5th or 6th century, maybe the stronghold of a Celtic king. This would seem entirely possible, as the site would have made an impressive fort and would be almost impenetrable to any enemies attempting to storm the headland, and a finding during an 1998 excavation, increased the possibility of a connection with King Arthur: a slate of 20 by 30 cm with the inscription ARTOGNOV, the Latin version of the British name Arthnou. Its from the 6th century, which is most likely the time when Arthur lived.

This castle fits the legend very well, because of another fact: Merlin's Cave below the castle. Merlin is said to have lived in a cave below the fortress of Tintagel while King Arthur grew up, to be his teacher. In one version of the legend, Arthur was found by Merlin washed ashore in a cave below the castle.

It is both probable and improbable but makes a wonderful story! Visitors must decide themselves what to believe.

Have a lovely day, Bev.

I will post another photograph of Merlin's Cave from the very top of the castle. It gives a good impression of the castle's height.

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