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Lyonesse, Land of the Lioness

© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

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Lyonesse. Land of the Lioness ... more evidence from the folk traditions of my Northern-Northwestern European Celtic-Germanic ancestors supporting my own ancestral "Clan of the Cave Lioness" connection.

While the Arthurian tales are legendary, there is some belief that Lyonesse was once a very real place attached to the Scilly Isles in Cornwall, England. In Arthurian legend, Lyonesse is the home country of Tristan, from the legendary story of Tristan and Iseult. The mythical land of Lyonesse is now referred to as the “Lost Land of Lyonesse,” as it is ultimately said to have sunk into the sea. While Lyonesse is mostly referred to in stories of legend and myth, there is some belief that it represents a very real city that sunk into the sea many years ago. With such a legendary location, it can be difficult to ascertain where the legend ends and reality begins. [Source - Ancient Origins]

In addition to describing Lyonesse as the site of the final battle between Arthur and Mordred, Tennyson's Idylls of the King also claim the lost land is the final resting place of King Arthur himself. Perhaps this is why the grave of the King cannot be found – it lies beneath the sea. [Source - Clas Merdin]