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French ‘Excalibur’ sword suddenly vanishes after 1,300 years wedged in stone


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An ancient sword known as the French version of King Arthur’s legendary “Excalibur” has mysteriously vanished from the town where, according to local lore, it had remained lodged in a rock for 1,300 years.

The Durandal sword appears to have been taken by a thief from its stone in the tiny medieval town of Rocamadour, where it was one of the town’s main attractions, The Telegraph reported.

For centuries it’s been believed the sword once belonged to Roland, a semi-legendary knight who bravely fought for Charlemagne in the eighth century.

Officials in Rocamadour have launched an investigation into the disappearance of the sword, which was yanked from its spot in a cliff wall some 100 feet off the ground.

https://nypost.com/2024/07/03/world-news/french-excalibur-sword-vanishes-after-1300-years-lodged-in-a-rock/

https://www.indy100.com/news/durandal-sword-missing-stolen-rocamadour

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I didn't know there was another sword in a stone.   Here is the one that I heard about.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-sword-in-the-stone-at-montesiepi-chapel-chiusdino-italy

The guy was a reprobate and the story is that Archangel Michael confronted him and told him he needed to do work for god, his reply, it would be easier for met  shove my sword into that stone than to change my ways and work for your god.   Michael told him to do it and when the sword went into the stone he changed his ways and worked for the catholic church.   They built a chapel for him around the sword in the stone once he became a saint.

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Awe! My great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, Grampa's sword is gone...🥲

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19 hours ago, Still Waters said:

An ancient sword known as the French version of King Arthur’s legendary “Excalibur” has mysteriously vanished from the town where, according to local lore, it had remained lodged in a rock for 1,300 years.

The Durandal sword appears to have been taken by a thief from its stone in the tiny medieval town of Rocamadour, where it was one of the town’s main attractions, The Telegraph reported.

For centuries it’s been believed the sword once belonged to Roland, a semi-legendary knight who bravely fought for Charlemagne in the eighth century.

Officials in Rocamadour have launched an investigation into the disappearance of the sword, which was yanked from its spot in a cliff wall some 100 feet off the ground.

https://nypost.com/2024/07/03/world-news/french-excalibur-sword-vanishes-after-1300-years-lodged-in-a-rock/

https://www.indy100.com/news/durandal-sword-missing-stolen-rocamadour

Pfft.  The idiots sent it to the Louvre decades ago and forgot about it.

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I did not take that sword!

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I hope they get it back, but now, some of the mystery has been tarnished. IMO

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I think that the Angel who originally owned the sword and had it stolen from him, has reclaimed it . . . and will make it bright and shiny again! :innocent:

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12 hours ago, Kleng said:

Dang, and I always thought I'd be the one to dislodge it. :(

There is more than one in Europe, just find a different one.

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