where King Arthur
couldn't beat the Dragon.
- This is an old story
told about King Arthur and Dunster
Castle in Somerset. It was
first written down in the 12th century.
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- Carannog was a Welsh
prince from Ceredigion. He
refused to be king and became a hermit
- Later he decided to go
to Dumnonia (the West Country) to
tell everyone about Jesus and the Bible.
- He used to carry a small
stone altar around with him. He threw it into the sea and it
miraculously floated. So he followed it in his boat across the
- Carannog landed at
Dunster (Somerset) but he had lost sight of his altar and had
to go looking for it.
- The altar had been found
by King Arthur and his Knights of
the Round Table at Watchet. They tried to use it as a table.
- King Arthur wanted to
help his friend, the local king,
Cado. He said Carannog could have his altar back if he
defeated a fierce dragon that had been eating lots of people
in the area.
- The dragon ran to
Carannog like a pet dog. He put it on a lead and led it into
King Cado's great hall at Dunster
Castle. Then he sent it away.
- As well as returning his
altar, King Arthur gave Carannog the village of Carhampton as
a reward. He built a famous monastery