Saint Michael’s Mount is a remarkable island located in Cornwall, England. It is situated in Mount’s Bay, a tidal bay on the southwestern coast of Cornwall and can be reached on foot during low tide via a causeway.
The island was called Dinsul in the pre-Christian era and was thought to form a part of the lost kingdom of Lyonesse.
Saint Michael’s Mount | 0 to 800 AD
The area around Saint Michael’s Mount has a long history of human habitation dating back to ancient times. It is believed that the island and its surroundings were inhabited by Celtic peoples well before the Roman era.
During the Roman period, Cornwall, like much of Britain, came under Roman control. Roman influence in the region is evident in archaeological discoveries, but the specific history of Saint Michael’s Mount during this time is not well-documented.
Early Christian Era
The spread of Christianity in Britain began during the Roman period and continued into the early medieval era. It is possible that Christian missionaries and religious communities had a presence in the area during this time.
The late eighth and early ninth centuries saw Viking raids and incursions along the coasts of England, including Cornwall. The coastal areas were vulnerable to Viking attacks during this period, and many monastic and religious sites were targeted.
Saint Michael’s Association
The island’s association with Saint Michael, the archangel, likely has early Christian roots, but specific legends and traditions related to the archangel’s presence on the island may have developed and become more prominent in later centuries.