King Arthur’s sword Excalibur: The legends, the contradictions, and the discovery today

In 1485, Sir Thomas Malory published his most famous work, Le Morte D’Arthur. The story was about King Arthur, the legendary king of Britain, and his sword, Excalibur. Excalibur had been previously featured in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1136 book History of the Kings of Britain, but at that time it was called Caliburnus. While most Arthurian legends associate Excalibur with Arthur, there are a few ancient poems, such as Conte du Graal, written by poet Chretien de Troyes around 1160, that tell other stories. This work describes Excalibur as belonging to Sir Gawain, who was…

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Excalibur ‘confirmed’: 7yo girl finds ‘King Arthur’s sword’ in Cornish lake

A seven-year-old girl literally felt a legend coming to life as she unearthed a huge sword from the same lake King Arthur’s Excalibur was said to have been thrown. A sceptical father, however, said he does not believe in the sword’s fabled origins. Matilda Jones from Doncaster in the UK found the 4-feet (1.2-meter) sword when she went swimming in Dozmary Pool in Cornwall. Matilda’s father, Paul, had just told her and her sister about the legend of King Arthur as they drove to the lake. The two were paddling…

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