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Schoolgirl finds 'Excalibur' in a Cornish lake

By T.K. Randall
September 5, 2017 · Comment icon 32 comments

Has King Arthur's legendary sword been found in Cornwall ? Image Credit: Charles Ernest Butler
7-year-old Matilda Jones came across the 4-foot sword while paddling in Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor.
According to legend, this unassuming body of water is the place where Sir Bedivere returned Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake after King Arthur was fatally wounded at the battle of Camlann.

"It was a blistering hot day and Matilda asked if we could go for a paddle," said her dad, Paul. "She was only waist deep when she said she could see a sword."

"I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realized it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake."
"The sword is 4ft long - exactly Matilda's height."

Sadly though, it is highly unlikely that the sword is actually that of King Arthur himself and the lake in question is deceptively shallow, having dried out entirely back in the 1970s.

According to Paul, the medieval weapon is most likely little more than a discarded film prop.

Source: Yorkshire Post | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by skliss 7 years ago
I think they should make her Queen for a Day. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by CJ1983 7 years ago
She should at least be titled "Lady" and given a proper parade.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Black Monk 7 years ago
Cornwall is where Arthur was supposed to have been born, at Tintagel. Apart from being the location of the Lady in the Lake, Dozmary Pool is associated with other legends: Another tale associated with Dozmary Pool is that of Jan Tregeagle. In search of deviant exploits, Tregeagle makes a Faustian bargain with the Devil and is given money and power. At the conclusion of his life, he is damned to the bottomless Dozmary Pool, where he is tormented to this day; it is said that Tregeagle's ghost can still be heard howling across the moor.[9] (He was set the task of dipping the water out of Dozm... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by The Silver Thong 7 years ago
All I know is that if I found a sword anywhere I would think it's pretty cool. 
Comment icon #27 Posted by Black Monk 7 years ago
The Kirkburn Sword, 300-200BC, found near the small village of Kirkburn in East Yorkshire in 1987...
Comment icon #28 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
High Britain actually ... and she'll need a nod from the Merlin though ... ~
Comment icon #29 Posted by kmt_sesh 7 years ago
Seven year old? I'm an old fart and it would thrill me to find something like that!
Comment icon #30 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
ok the question is;  is it heavy ? does it look real ? - if yes then Not a movie prop Can it be dated ? YES - what's the hold up .... ?  This could be a historical discovery that is killed by suppositions. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by FLOMBIE 7 years ago
But ... are you allowed to own that in Britain? I love Cornwall, by the way. Now I feel the urge to go there again. 
Comment icon #32 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
Not really a lucky name in English monarchy stability wise.  

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