On Saturday we popped up to Carlisle to catch the final day of The Legend of King Arthur exhibition at Tullie House. It seemed appropriate that our second visit was on the final day of this glorious exhibition, as our first visit had been on the first day of the exhibition.
There is so much packed into "this swoon of a show" (The Times) that we needed a second visit to appreciate all that was exhibited.
Sir Gawain, spends a fair amount of time around Carlisle. In Arthurian Romance, Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain’s search for the Green Chapel takes him to the Inglewood forest south of present-day Carlisle. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Lady Ragnell, is set in Carlisle, as is Sir Gawain and the Churl of Carlisle, which is another story of the Celtic-originating “Beheading Game”.
There is such a lot of evidence that I definitely come down on the side of Carlisle rather than Camelot. I love the idea that King Arthur's court really was in Carlisle.