List of legendary rulers of Cornwall

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"Duke of Cornwall" appears as a title in pseudo-historical authors as Nennius and Geoffrey of Monmouth. The list is extremely patchy, and not every succession was unbroken. Indeed, Geoffrey repeatedly introduces Dukes of Cornwall only to promote them to the Kingship of the Britons and thus put an end to their line as (merely) dukes. As adjuncts or supporting roles to the kings of the Britons, the legendary dukes of Cornwall are considered part of the vast Matter of Britain.

The list is more often thought of as a conglomeration of various Celtic rulers, Celtic warlords, and mythical heroes. If the lists of kings of Britain are legendary, then the list of dukes must be considered still more a genealogical and historical legend with no solid basis in the view of most historians. (Even within Geoffrey's History, the title of these rulers fluctuates between "duke" (dux Cornubiae) and "king" (rex Cornubiae).)

List of rulers[edit]

Name Title Notes Approximate time frame Sources
Corineus In the time of Brutus c. 1100 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Gwendolen Queen Daughter of Corineus, became queen regent of Britain c. 1075 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Henwinus Duke In the time of Leir c. 750 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Cunedagius Duke In the time of Queen Cordelia c. 715 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Cloten King During pentarchy after Ferrex and Porrex c. 450 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Dunvallo Molmutius King Then king of Britain c. 420 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Belinus As king of Loegria, Kambria, and Cornwall c. 390 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Tenvantius Duke Made duke by Cassibelanus; later succeeds him as king of Britain c. 55 BCE Historia Regum Britanniae
Thanor King Contemporary with Joseph of Arimathea c. 1st century CE Prose Tristan
Asclepiodotus Duke Becomes king of Britain c. 295 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Caradocus Duke/king Put forward Maximianus as king of Britain and was king of Cornwall under him c. 380 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Dionotus King Made regent of Britain during Maximianus' campaigns c. 390 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Felix King Many generations after Thanor c. late 5th century CE Prose Tristan
Mark of Cornwall King Uncle of Tristan c. early 6th century CE Prose Tristan
Gorlois Duke First husband of Igraine, Arthur's mother c. 510 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Cador Duke/king Relative of Arthur c. 530 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Constantine Duke Subsequently king of Britain 542 CE Historia Regum Britanniae
Blederic Duke At the time Augustine arrives 597 CE Historia Regum Britanniae

See also[edit]

For a list of Dukes of Cornwall from 1337 to the present, see Duke of Cornwall.