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Legendary Dukes of Cornwall
Duke of Cornwall here refers to the legendary dukes of Cornwall in Celtic Britain as established by such pseudo-historical authors as Nennius, Gildas, and above all Geoffrey of Monmouth. The list is extremely patchy, and it must not be assumed that every succession was unbroken. Indeed, Geoffroi 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 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 mythological and apocryphal (though extraordinarily influential in mediaeval historiography), then the list of dukes must be considered still more a genealogical and historical myth with no solid basis to most historians.
Even within Geoffrey, the title of these rulers fluctuates between "duke" (dux Cornubiae) and "king" (rex Cornubiae).
|king or duke||title||notes||approximate time frame|
|Corineus||in the time of Brutus||c. 1100 BCE|
|Henwinus||duke||in the time of Leir||c. 750 BCE|
|Cunedagius||duke||in the time of Queen Cordelia||c. 715 BCE|
|Cloten||king||during pentarchy after Ferrex and Porrex||c. 450 BCE|
|Dunvallo Molmutius||king||then king of Britain||c. 420 BCE|
|Belinus||simultaneously king of Britain||c. 390 BCE|
|Tenvantius||duke||in time of Cassivelaunus||c. 55 BCE|
|Asclepiodotus||duke||becomes king of Britain||c. 295 CE|
|Caradocus||duke||becomes king of Britain||c. 380 CE|
|Dionotus||duke||simultaneously king of Britain||c. 390 CE|
|Gorlois||duke||step-father of Arthur||c. 510 CE|
|Cador||duke, then king||c. 530 CE|
|Constantine||duke||subsequently king of Britain||542 CE|
|Blederic||duke||at the time Augustine arrives||597 CE|
For a list of Kings of Cornwall from the fifth century to the Saxon conquest, see King of Cornwall.
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