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Are any of the places in Arthurian literature real?
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  1. An 11th century book, "Historia Regum Britannae," by Geoffrey of Monmouth stated that Arthur was born at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. Although a stone was found there with the inscription "Artognou," meaning descendant of Arthur, the castle wasn't built until the 1100s, centuries after Arthur would have lived. Malory had stated that Camelot was Winchester Castle but it wasn't built until late in the 11th century. Arthur's final resting place was said to have been Glastonbury but the only proof offered - - a cross with a Latin inscription - - was traced to the 12th century.

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