Lyonnesse


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Lyonnesse

(ˌlaɪəˈnɛs)
n
(European Myth & Legend) (in Arthurian legend) the mythical birthplace of Sir Tristram, situated in SW England and believed to have been submerged by the sea

Ly•on•nesse

(ˌlaɪ əˈnɛs)
n.
(in Arthurian legend) a country near Cornwall in SW England, supposed to have been submerged by the sea.
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Romance as a genre, of course, originated in the medieval stories of chivalric love and adventure, and sure enough, Oxford is compared to Lyonnesse on the first page of Book I.
Unexpected Elegies is possibly more Emma's book than Hardy's-the young Emma who is "set before us, flapping hair and red cheeks, and 'thought-bound brow' as she thinks over the story of the old kingdom of Lyonnesse sunk beneath the waves" (p.
One famous poem, When I Set Out for Lyonnesse, was inspired by his visit to Cornwall (Lyonnesse was its old name) to see his future wife.