Page last updated at 15:52 GMT, Saturday, 1 November 2008

King Arthur's 'wedding site' sale

Castle Hill, Knucklas
The view from Castle Hill, where legend places King Arthur's marriage

An historic hill claimed as the place where King Arthur married his queen is for sale.

Part of Castle Hill at Knucklas, near Knighton in Powys, is being sold under action later in November.

According to legend, Guinevere, daughter of the Welsh giant Gorgyrfan Gawr, became betrothed to Arthur on hill's grassy slopes.

It was also the site of a Norman castle built in the 13th Century, before being destroyed by Owain Glyndwr's forces.

The castle was built by the Norman knight Roger Mortimer to help keep the Welsh population in check, but it was later overrun.

There are only traces of the castle left on the hill now.

The land is being sold in two lots on 27 November.

Estate agent Jenny Layton from McCartneys in Knighton said it was a "rare opportunity to purchase a site of historical importance".

Legends and myths about Arthur have seen him cast as a king who held court in Wales, a Scottish politician and a Cornish warrior.

It is generally believed however that the there was an actual historical figure, probably a Romano-British warrior leader, who battled to keep the Saxons out of Britain.

Early Welsh texts do not refer to him as a king, but as an emperor or war leader.

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific