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
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.