The modern day
village of Tintagel
was known as Trevena
until the mid
1800's, when it was
renamed to promote
tourism on the back
of the King Arthur
and Camelot legends.
Tintagel is the
name of the
When the conquering Normans reached the
western most land of England they heard
that the ancient seat of Cornwall's
Kings had stood atop
of this soaring
headland, surrounded on three sides by
the ceaseless surge of the Atlantic.
in propaganda terms it made sense for
the then Earl Richard of Cornwall,
brother of Henry III, to build a castle
on the spot where his legendary
predecessors had held court. There was
no strategic reason for the choice, as
there had been for the other Norman
castles in Cornwall, Launceston and Restormel.
to the legends
Merlin the Magician and King Arthur were
here - at Tintagel there are few
historical certainties -
remains a mystery which adds even more
to it's popularity.