The Esedhvos Festival, is held every year at a different location in Cornwall to celebrate Cornwall's distinctive identity and Celtic heritage, newly recognised under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
The Cornish equivalent of the Welsh Eisteddfod and Breton Gorsedd, it is held in Cornwall every year in the days surrounding the annual Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony.
The folklore of Cornwall is rich in tales about giants. The legend of Jack the Killer was adapted into the movie titled Jack the Giant Slayer, and is generally well known, in the original tales he slew the cattle eating giant Cormoran, and there are of course other poplar stories about Cornish giants.
'Yet another giant, Bolster, fell in love with St Agnes, a missionary. She spurned him, as he was already married, and became tired of his constant attention. She decided to get rid of him and told him he could prove his love by filling a hole in the ground at Chapel Porth with his blood. Bolster was happy to do this, as it was a small hole and he was a large giant – so large that he could stand with one foot on St Agnes Beacon and the other on Carn Brea. However, he did not know the hole led straight into the sea so he opened a vein and allowed his blood to flow into the hole; it flowed and flowed without filled the hole. Eventually the giant collapsed and died. The hole is still there and a red stain on the rocks is said to be where Bolster's blood flowed down.'
Interesting video. Yes, first thing that came to my mind when they mentioned Riothamus, King of the Romano Britons was that of King Arthur. We can only imagine the chaos that resulted from the great movements and migrations of peoples in the 4th to 6th centuries.
Of course, to a strong extent the British were probably just as much trying to free themselves from the yoke of Roman rule as much as remain independent and survive in the wake of the Germanic invasions ( also the Irish and Pictish raids from the north ).
The links and associations in place name are fascinating, resemblance of Brittany’s Cornouaille with that of Britain’s Cornwall for instance.
The Bretons seemed to have had some success in holding back direct Frankish rule for centuries after they settled Armorica, up until the Viking raids united the Franks and Bretons more or less, although Brittany retained its language and distinct culture.