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Mrs. Primack's English Class

Sample Response for the First Quest
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The following is a sample response for your first quest. You can model your answer after this one.

Your Majesty,

 

I have great news to report from my first quest.  I believe that I have located the actual birth place of King Arthur.  Early literary sources tell us that Arthur was born at Tintagel. The first man to record that King Arthur was born at Tintagel was William of Worcester in 1478. It is a simple assumption to step from conception to birth.  

 

Another writer, Geoffrey of Monmouth first told us of King Arthur's association with Tintagel Castle in 1139 when he wrote his History of the Kings of Britain. Though the majority of Tintagel Castle was built by Prince Richard, Earl of Cornwall, in the 1230s, it is believed that an earlier castle was first constructed here by Earl Reginald around 1141. In fact, archaeologists have unearthed a site that reveals that there was indeed a Dark Age occupation around Tintagel Castle.

 

Another amazing discovery was a stone bearing a sixth-century inscription resembling the name Arthur which has been unearthed at Tintagel Castle. The stone which archeologists called "a find of a lifetime'' is a link between the Arthurian legend and Tintagel.

 

All that remains of the castle today are its ruins, high on the windswept coast of Cornwall. The stone measures 14 by 20 inches and bears the Latin inscription "ARTOGNOV.' 'While there is no evidence linking the stone directly with King Arthur, it does prove the name existed around the time the storybook hero is said to have lived. Obviously the name on the stone corresponds to the legend.  

 

 

Respectfully Yours,

 

C.Primack