(English) Tintagel – or King Arthur, part I

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56 Responses to “(English) Tintagel – or King Arthur, part I”

  1. Louise 1 april 2012 0126 #

    I loved this sooo much. Tintagel sounds and looks like a fairytale. I really love the first photo too, it looks so scary and attractive. Like a magnet that’s making me a little queasy.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1156 #

      Thank you, Louise :)

  2. Anwar 1 april 2012 0425 #

    I’ve been really enjoying your posts on Cornwall. It is so much more fascinating then I would have ever expected. I love the legend of King Arthur and didn’t realize it came about in that area….but it does make sense given all that you said. Hmm I’d have to think who I’d want to change into if I could take a drug to make me appear like someone else…
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1209 #

      Thanks, Anwar. Cornwall is a very exciting and beautiful part of Britian.

  3. David Bennett 1 april 2012 0857 #

    I like the shot through the door and down to the sea – very Poldark-ian, and the bridge across to the rock looks ‘interesting’.

    The story of the conception of Arthur reminds me of the biblical story of Jacob and Esau and the ‘stolen’ birthright.

    [ I think the Duchy is held by both Charles and Camilla as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. - http://www.duchyofcornwall.org ]
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1211 #

      Charles’, too, eh? Makes sense he should be the Duke of Cornwall when she’s the Duchess, I suppose :)

  4. Laurel 1 april 2012 1457 #

    Gorgeous photos and such an intriguing story. I didn’t realize that it was debatable about whether King Arthur existed. I visited his Round Table in Winchester and enjoyed it. I also like the idea of drug that lets you turn into someone else, but I would have to thing who I would want to be.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1211 #

      Ooh, the Round Table in Winchester… have heard good things about Winchester, and now this. Must visit!

  5. Andrea 1 april 2012 1722 #

    Such interesting history and the ruins are so well-preserved. It’s great that you got to see these without many crowds.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1213 #

      Thanks, Andrea. It’s a fascinating area Cornwall, so full of lore.

  6. Ana (Ana Travels) 2 april 2012 0010 #

    What an interesting post, Sophie! My craving for Cornwall grows exponentially every week thanks to you :)
    I imagine it must be impossible to visit during July and August for the crowds.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1215 #

      Best to get there before the middle of July, I think – and then, after September.

  7. Ayngelina 2 april 2012 0046 #

    I love all those stories of King Arthur, but I didn’t realize that people disagree if he is fact or fiction. I’d like to believe it is fact as it makes ruins a bit more interesting.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1216 #

      I know what you mean, such a romantic story and better if it’s real.

  8. Angela 2 april 2012 1232 #

    This is so interesting, and your photos are beautiful, the first seems a gate to a different world!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1217 #

      Thanks, Angela :)

  9. Robert 2 april 2012 1239 #

    I’m completely mesmerized by that door. Fairytale magic!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1217 #

      I like that photo, too. Such an intriguing door.

  10. ItalianNotes 2 april 2012 1754 #

    Interesting stories. And what an amazing castle.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1218 #

      The whole area is full of legends. It’s wonderful.

  11. Alexa Meisler 2 april 2012 2032 #

    It’s so amazing to see that pieces of history are still around. I am a fan of the Tristan and Isolde story reminds me very much of Romeo & Juliet. I wish I could visit Tintagel someday. I love hiking and this would be a great trip to enjoy.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1219 #

      If you love hiking and history, Cornwall would be a great place for you to explore, Alexa.

  12. Christie 3 april 2012 0637 #

    Tintagel seems to be the perfect place for a an idyllic vacation. No wonder it became the setting of great stories.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 april 2012 1220 #

      Seems made for it, doesn’t it…

  13. Victor 4 april 2012 1936 #

    What a place!!! Super!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 0015 #

      Super place, indeed :)

  14. Leigh 5 april 2012 0420 #

    I loved the way you started the post with that fabulous shot. What a great find and such an interesting history to the area. It reminds me a bit of Ireland’s Skellig Islands. I’d love to walk around the Cornwall area -looks like the sort of walk I would thoroughly enjoy, even on a moody November day.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1854 #

      There are really excellent walks in Cornwall, along the coast, especially.

  15. Jackie Smith 5 april 2012 0437 #

    I loved the history, the story-telling and the photography. Very nice indeed!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1854 #

      Thanks, Jackie :)

  16. I love the fascinating stories and ties to King Arthur and Tristan & Isolde. This place does look magical. The pictures are beautiful especially the first one. Those stairs and that bridge look like a great place for hiking with fantastic views.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1855 #

      Cornwall is my favourite part of Britain (that I’ve seen so far, at least). Magical, indeed.

  17. Ah, one of my favorite tales…King Arthur. Your first photo is absolutely stunning. Kudos to your daughter for making it through the hike on all those stairs!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1857 #

      Haha, yes. She usually makes it through – especially when there’s some ‘motivation’ waiting at the other end :)

  18. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing 5 april 2012 0719 #

    So jealous! Love the King Arthur Legends and would absolutely love to go to Tintagel.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1857 #

      It’s a very romantic and dramatic place.

  19. Muza-chan 5 april 2012 0747 #

    Great article :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1857 #

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  20. Easy Hiker 5 april 2012 0821 #

    All these tales of love and glory in Cornwall. Wonder when Hollywood will make a movie of Tristan and Isolde. If Hollywood gets its hands on it, it would surely have a hilarious ending, staring the cast of Friends, with Jennifer Aniston as Isolde and Schwimmer as Tristan. I’d love to see that movie.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1853 #

      Oh cringe! That sounds like a surrealist nightmare.

  21. Cathy Sweeney 5 april 2012 0939 #

    This is such a cool story — castle ruins, crashing waves, love and grief — oh my! Great pics to go with the story.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1858 #

      Thanks, Cathy :)

  22. InsideJourneys 5 april 2012 1406 #

    Man, those folks put us to shame! I’m surprised that I’d never heard the Arthur story before since I used to love reading about him when I was little – or maybe I just don’t remember. Either way, the story’s pretty fascinating and the ruins, beautiful!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 april 2012 1859 #

      I agree. It’s a fascinating story! I’ll write more about Arthur later in this Cornwall Sunday series.

  23. Sabrina 5 april 2012 1918 #

    Beautiful pics and amazing story. I loved the little summary of Tristan and Isolde… I used to live a street called Tristan :) The first picture through the doof on the sea is my absolute favorite.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 april 2012 2238 #

      It’s an interesting legend, isn’t it? And inspiration for many others that came later.

  24. Sherry 5 april 2012 2025 #

    I think Arthur existed! His stories are too fantastic to not be real. At the very least, I believe he may have been based on a real man. But whether that is true or not, I still would love to come to these places. Certainly feels very “England” to me. In a few months I’ll be there and hoping to make a stop.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 april 2012 2239 #

      Oh, do try and make it to Cornwall. I think you would love it, Sherry.

  25. Becca@R We There Yet Mom? 6 april 2012 0437 #

    Fascinating! I always learn so much form your posts! I love the history that I learn!!!

    I hope you will link this up with friday Daydreamin’ – my readers would love this!

    Thanks!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 april 2012 2230 #

      Thanks, Becca. Will link up :)

  26. Jessica 6 april 2012 0548 #

    I love the first picture! I just want to go through that door and see what is on the other side!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 april 2012 2240 #

      An intriguing construction, isn’t it…

  27. Jenna 6 april 2012 1812 #

    Wow, this is incredibly beautiful, and such interesting history, too. I would love to go there. This is what blog posts should do–inspire others! My mom is going to Cornwall this fall, so I will forward this to her.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 april 2012 2243 #

      Thanks, Jenna, you’re very kind. I think your mother will have a wonderful time. I’m working on 5 or 6 more Cornwall Sunday posts.

  28. Michael Figueiredo 7 april 2012 0642 #

    I haven’t heard of Tintagel before, but it sure looks beautiful! I’d love to hike along those cliffs. Great history too!
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  29. Suzy 14 april 2012 0539 #

    I was at Tintagel on my first trip abroad at 8 years old. I remember buying a dragon ring at one of the shops there. Luckily my taste has changed since then. I must have wanted to get into the spirit of King Arthur with dragons. Great photographs. Takes me back to that day!
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