Has The Legendary Sword of King Arthur Been Discovered?

By September 4, 2017Literary Places, News
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All hail Queen Matilda, true heir to the throne, as deemed by the gracious Lady Of The Lake and the sword Excalibur!

 

According to the Sheffield Star newspaper, a young South Yorkshire girl discovered the legendary sword of King Arthur at the bottom of Dozmary Pool in Cornwall.

According to folklore, Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into Dozy Pool following the death of King Arthur, and the Battle of Camlann. The sword was caught by The Lady Of The Lake and reclaimed by the pool… Until now.




Matilda and her father Paul (source:Star)

During her family’s visit to Cornwall, Matilda was wading through the lake when she saw something glinting at the bottom of the pool. She called to her father, Paul Jones, who initially thought Matilda was joking about. The family had been previously chatting about King Arthur and the legend of the sword on their car journey there.

“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. I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realised it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake.”

They soon discovered she had spotted a real life sword, about the length of Matilda’s height, lying at the bottom of the lake. With no Lady Of The Lake to dictate otherwise, Matilda and her dad decided they would just take the sword as a memento of their trip.

Matilda Jones shows off her find (source: Star)

It is most likely a prop from a film or television series, however I’d like to think that maybe Matilda has been chosen as the next true heir of Great Britain…




Mills & Boon to Publish Stories Set in UK’s Most Romantic Locations

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When I was growing up my mother always had her nose in a Mills & Boon romance novel, and while considered trashy they kept many people reading for many years. In more recent times the brand has fallen out of favour but HarperCollins is giving the books a new lease of life, relaunching the 110-year old brand earlier this year with a facelift and a fresh approach.

Now Mills & Boon has teamed up with PR Agency Taylor Herring to launch a nationwide summer reading campaign and has commissioned ten short stories all set in the UK’s most romantic spots.
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These Literary Maps of the United Kingdom Bring Novel Locations to Life

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Literary escapism is the reason we read, to get lost in another’s mind, another’s thoughts and ideas allows us to learn empathy and gain experience without living them. It’s not just the characters either, you can travel the world through books and these literary maps bring the locations of many British books to life.

The United Kingdom has always been a favourite location for writers, especially those classic authors of the past. Many of the best known books through the years are set in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland and these maps bring these to life. Read More

Property developers name their new community ‘Gilead’.

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Gilead‘ is known to many literature fans, and television watchers, as the theocratic, authoritarian republic run by an ultra-religious US government created by Margaret Atwood. In Gilead women have no rights, and those unfortunate enough to be able to bear children are forced into sexual slavery. Free speech doesn’t exist and any hint of backlash from the women results in drastic action from those in charge.

Bearing all that in mind: would you name your new community development Gilead?! A group in New South Wales, Australia, has done just that.

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Charles Dickens’ Contribution to Science to Feature in Exhibition

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Charles Dickens: Man of Science is a current exhibition running at the Charles Dickens Museum until November 11th and the exhibition is looking at the author’s contribution to science, and notably medicine.

Dickens astute observations on human behaviours means he spotted many illnesses and their symptoms before they were recognised by the medical community and his descriptions so accurate that they can be used to build correlation between symptoms and disease.
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£2m Revamp Complete for National Centre for Writing

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The National Centre for writing relaunches in Norwich this week following a £2 million revamp for the historic Dragon Hall. It was previously known as the Writers’ Centre, Norwich but now the facility is to be a “Physical and digital space to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing, and support the creation and enjoyment of world literature” according to a spokesman interviewed by The Bookseller this week.

Parts of the historic Dragon Hall date back to 1430, meaning any renovations had to be sympathetic. The project was given the go ahead back in 2016 and was backed by a number of high profile patrons including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, J. M Coetzee, and Sarah Perry.
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