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In the Domesday book, this hill was part of the manor of Dimelihoc. Although there's been lots of confusion and argument, Ditmas (in the article below) decides that this is in fact the 'right' Dimilioc for an Arthurian location in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th century 'History of the Kings of Britain'.

You see, there was Duke Gorlois, and he had a wife, Igerna, and she was "the greatest beauty in all Britain". Gorlois had Uther Pendragon round for tea, but it turned out Uther totally fancied his wife, which Gorlois was rather angry about. So they found a lame excuse for a war (when really they were fighting over a woman), and Gorlois went to the castle of Dimilioc, and installed Igerna at Tintagel, "to prevent their being both at once involved in the same danger, if any should happen." The obsessed Uther felt that he would "neither have ease of mind, nor health of body" till he "obtained" Igerna. In fact, "the inward torments" would kill him if he couldn't get his end away. Yeah whatever. So Merlin disguised him as Gorlois and they went to Tintagel.. and the rest is history (or legend).

A Reappraisal of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Allusions to Cornwall
E. M. R. Ditmas
Speculum, Vol. 48, No. 3. (Jul., 1973), pp. 510-524.

also see the translation of Geoffrey's book at
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th November 2006ce
Edited 16th November 2006ce

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