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.
UPDATE: the book will be published on September 15th. You can order a copy (at a special discount price of £12.99) until that date direct from the publishers.
Here’s a list of the contents:
1. Arthur’s country
2. From Roman margin to British centre: the rise and fall of Dumnonia in the fifth and sixth centuries
3. Changing times: the fifth to seventh centuries
4. The turn to the local: the seventh and eighth centuries
5. Cornwall’s hundred years war: the eighth and ninth centuries
6. The crisis of Cornwall: the ninth and tenth centuries
7. The survival of Cornwall: the tenth and eleventh centuries
8. Cornish revival: the eleventh and twelfth centuries