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Tintagel Castle

aka 'Tintagil'. A castle located on the west coast of Cornwall, England, Tintagel has been the focus of Celtic and Christian worship for many centuries. Notables of the early Celtic church were known to have found solace and study here.

At one time it was believed to be the location of 'Camelot' (See Camelot). In Arthurian legend the headland was said to be the site of the castle built for 'Gerlois' (See Gerlois) and his wife 'Igraine' (See Igraine) although later legends also associate 'King Mark of Cornwall' (See Mark) with the castle.

According to 'Geoffrey of Monmouth' (See Geoffrey of Monmouth) King Arthur was said to have been conceived here (See Uther Pendragon) but not to have lived here. Perhaps this is one reason why 'Merlin' (See Merlin) is remembered as being associated with Tintagel. Located under the rocks close to Tintagel Castle is the spectacular 'Merlins Cove', but there is no real proof that Merlin ever really lived in it. It is generally agreed that the castle itself was repaired to add weight to the history and ancestral line of King Arthur, providing some credence to the Norman claim to the throne of Britain in the twelfth-century by the then 'Duke of Cornwall' (See Arthur).

The ruin that stands there now is owned by the national conservation group known as 'English Heritage', who indicate the castle to be a ruin of the twelfth-century. Whatever your belief it's a great place to go and clear your head when standing on the top looking out to sea. Dr. C.A. Ralegh Radford originally excavated the site in the 1930's. He is said to have believed that the site was originally a Celtic monastery dating to the fifth-century. Excavations in the 1990's have shown that it was stronghold of a Dark-age chieftain/leader and not a monastic site.