Has a possible heir to Arthur’s throne emerged?
Seven-year-old Matilda Jones, from Doncaster, made the unexpected discovery of a four-foot sword while paddling in Dozmary Pool, Cornwall with her father Paul. According to the folklore, this is the same lake where King Arthur’s legendary Excalibur was thrown.
Paul Jones initially didn’t believe his daughter when she said she could see a sword.
“It was a blistering hot day and Matilda asked if we could go for a paddle. She was only waist deep when she said she could see a sword.”
But, when he looked down, he realized it was a sword, much to his amazement. And the mysterious discovery occurred just a day after Paul Jones told both his daughters the story of King Arthur on their journey to the lake.
The tale says Arthur received the mighty sword from the Lady of the Lake after rowing out to meet her. Right after the Battle of Camlann and Arthur’s death, Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into Dozmary Pool. Before he complied with King Arthur’s wish, he attempted three times to relinquish the sword as was the local tradition. Eventually, he threw it into the lake, after which an arm rose from the surface to grab it and quickly vanished back into the water.
According to the legend of King Arthur, the owner of Excalibur is the rightful monarch of England. However, any hopes Matilda had of becoming a queen have been shattered, as the Jones family believes the sword is actually only about 20 or 30 years old.
“I don’t think it’s particularly old about 20 or 30 years old. It’s probably an old film prop.”
Nevertheless, even though it probably isn’t the real Excalibur, at least this lovely schoolgirl will have quite a story to tell her friends and family.