Has The Legendary Sword of King Arthur Been Discovered?

By September 4, 2017Literary Places, News

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…




Eight Authors Write Ghost Stories Inspired by Heritage Sites Across England

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If you’re planning to get away from it all this Summer, and fancy getting in some early spooks before October rolls around, then you’ll want to check out Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories. The book contains eight spooky stories that have been written by eight different authors, each inspired by English Heritage sites.

The authors include the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry. Each author was given an historic site, and challenged with writing a ghost story set within the walls of said site. Locations include York Cold War Bunker, Dover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Read More

Library Way In New York City

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While they walk to New York Public Library on East 41st Street in New York City, pedestrians are treated to literary-themed images inset along the sidewalk. The 96 illustrated bronze plaques depict various quotes from favourite authors and other notable figures.

Gregg LeFevre designed 48 unique images, duplicated to make 96 plaques, to be placed along both sides of the street so everyone has a chance to see them.

Wall Street Journal: “The quotes were selected during the 1990s by a panel that included representatives from the library; the Grand Central Partnership, which manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District; and the New Yorker magazine.”

Out of the 48 designs we chose 21 to show you here. Enjoy!

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