Cornwall’s First Golden Age: From Arthur to the Normans
Forget everything you might think you know about early medieval Cornwall, about Arthur and his knights, about the Kingdom of Dumnonia, about the conquest of Cornwall by Wessex. Cornwall’s First Golden Age re-interprets the story of Cornwall from the Romans to the arrival of the Normans. This period saw the rise and fall of a kingdom in the west, the colonisation of Brittany and the creation of a distinct, decentralised society. Moreover, it lay the foundations for Cornwall’s later sense of difference. Cornish culture not only survived but blossomed in a twelfth century renaissance that allowed dreams of liberty to linger on.
As of 2020 Cornwall’s First Golden Age remains the most recently written work on Cornwall’s early medieval period (although not the most recently published!) It is also the only fully referenced book on this period although its conclusions have been strangely ignored by anglocentrics and kernowmaniacs alike. Too unsettling for cherished myths perhaps.
The book was published by Francis Boutle Publishers and costs £14.99, although it may now be out of print.
Contact the publishers at Francis Boutle Publishers for information.
Or check out Waterstones, Just Books and the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth; Worlds End Bookshop, Penzance; The Cornish Store, Falmouth, or any good bookshop (the isbn is 978 0 9935344 4 7)
Cornwall’s First Golden Age
- clarifies the significance of Tintagel
- replaces a model of a shrinking Dumnonia with one of a fluctuating Greater Cornubia
- identifies a decentralised, libertarian society in the 7th/8th centuries
- traces the course of the long ‘hundred years war’ with the English in the 8th/9th centuries
- explains why the Cornish were able to survive as a distinct people after the 10th century
Here’s a list of the contents with some sample paragraphs: