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The majority of you out there will be aware of the legend of King Arthur, with the sword in the stone, Excalibur and all of the other folklore out there!

Often heavily associated with Wales, there is no "true" story about King Arthur out there, but now a top historian has claimed to have fresh evidence that a Cornish fort was once used as the court of the legendary King.

Dr Andrew Breeze from the University of Navarre in Spain claims to have proof that Trevelgue - just a short journey from us here in Fowey, Cornwall - played a very important part in the tale of the legend of King Arthur.

The evidence comes from one of the earliest texts containing King Arthur, "A Latin Life of Carannog", which was written about the Welsh saint. Saint Carannog, or Carantoc as he is known in Cornwall, is listed as one of the saints of Kernow.

The text says that Carannog came from Wales to a place called Din Draithou, where Arthur was the ruler. It is debated where this location was exactly, with some people saying it is Dunster in Somerset.

However, Dr Breeze has stated he has no doubt about the real location of Din Draithou, and is convinced it was Trevelgue.

The name Trevelgue means "fortress of beaches" in Old Welsh, which suits the location, as it is situated between two long beaches, and was a place of great power in the Dark Ages.

Using previous research by a Cornish archaeologist, Dr Breeze claims Trevelgue is where St Carannog tamed a dragon, which had been wreaking havoc in the Cornish countryside.

"King Arthur had been trying to kill the dragon," he said, "but he came to an agreement with Carannog. The saint tamed the dragon by the power of prayer, and led it, quiet as a lamb, into the great hall at Din Draithou or Trevelgue," Dr Breeze said.

For his good deed, the land at Crantock was gifted to St Carannog, where he built a church at the place that still bears his name!

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