Legend repeats itself

You probably know how this goes:

Legend has it that King Arthur first received Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake in Dozmary Pool after rowing out to receive it.

After being mortally wounded he asked to be taken there so he could return the sword to her.

After three attempts, his loyal follower Bedivere cast it into the water and the Lady of the Lake’s arm rose to receive it.

Matilda Jones and a four-foot swordAnd now, as Paul Harvey would have said, the rest of the story:

A seven-year-old school girl had a legendary holiday after pulling a giant four-foot sword from the Cornish lake where Arthur threw Excalibur.

Matilda Jones was wading through water waist-deep at Dozmary Pool when she stumbled across the blade underwater.

Matilda has a sister named Lois, who is four; it’s a toss-up whose eyes grew wider at the discovery of the sword. Or it might have been their dad, who had shared that bit of Arthurian legend with the girls just a few moments before.

Surely this can’t be Excalibur itself, can it? Mr Jones says no:

“I don’t think it’s particularly old. It’s probably an old film prop.”

I won’t tell if you won’t.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 September 2017 · 8:19 pm

    I was wondering if there was perhaps someone in Britain planting swords in lakes for the excitement it might cause in kids (or others) who found them.

  2. McG »

    4 September 2017 · 9:01 pm

    Someone? A watery tart, perhaps?

  3. J T »

    5 September 2017 · 6:45 am

    How can something like that be the basis for a system of government?

  4. McG »

    5 September 2017 · 9:00 am

    After 2016 I would have been willing to consider it.

  5. nightfly »

    6 September 2017 · 9:06 am

    Moistened Bint 2020

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