“King Arthur and King Cornwall”


King Arthur, disguised, goes to King Cornwall's castle, where Cornwall boasts how he is better than Arthur.


This ballad is known only from the Percy manuscript. Since the manuscript is heavily damaged, the detailed course of the ballad cannot be discerned. Child connects the ballad with the (twelfth century) romance of Charlemagne's visit to Jerusalem. - RBW


  1. Child 30, "King Arthur and King Cornwall" (1 text)
  2. OBB 18, "King Arthur and King Cornwall (A Fragment)" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3965
  4. BI, C030


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1750 (Percy MS.)