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AUDIO: Did King Arthur Have a Second Home?

AUDIO: Did King Arthur Have a Second Home?

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:35pm 7th January 2016.

It is claimed that King Arthur had more than one home in Cornwall.

New research claims the Cornish king also held court at Trevelgue in Newquay and was presented with a tamed dragon there.

It comes from an early text about the Welsh Saint Carannog, who is the patron of Crantock.

In the story the Saint tames a dragon and takes it to the court of King Arthur, which is called Din Draithou.

Dr Andrew Breeze, who is based at the University of Navarre in Spain, did the research and says the story proves the Newquay fort was the site of Din Draithou:  "What I'm arguing is that Din Draithou was in Cornwall and that it was the cliff fort of Trevelgue. Din Draithou means the 'fortress of the beaches' and anyone who knows the area knows that the headland is flanked by two long beaches, so the name fits.

"This is partly legend. King Arthur did exist, probably not in Cornwall I'm sorry to say, but rather in the north of the country. But Carannog is historical, he gives his name to Crantock, so I think there's no doubt that he came to this place, I don't think he killed a dragon, but I do think he met the local king. In later years that became associated with King Arthur."

An extract from the story "A Latin Life of Carannog" reads: "The serpent with a great noise like a calf running to its mother bent its head before Carannog and he placed his stole about its neck and led it like a lamb. And he brought it into the court of King Arthur and fed in the presence of the people."

Listen to the full story and why Dr Breeze thinks it proves King Arthur's home in Newquay below: 

 

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