Land of Lyonesse - Country that Forms the Background to Tennyson's Romantic Poetry



'Lyonesse was the country of King Arthur, hero of Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King”. Much of the land now lies beneath the sea, but the remains of Tintagel, the castle traditionally associated with King Arthur, still stands on the rocky Cornish coast. The dying King, mortally wounded in the “last weird battle of the west”, was taken in his funeral barge to Glastonbury, in the Vale of Avalon. The film shows a panorama of this Vale–”deep meadowed, happy, fair with orchard lawns”–and of Glastonbury Tor, with the Old Abbey of Glastonbury beneath whose shadow King Arthur was buried. Finally we see Lord Tennyson’s tomb, by the side of Chaucer’s monument, in Westminster Abbey.' [1]

14 minutes.
35mm: 1220ft. 16mm: 490ft.

Production: TIDA
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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940