This past summer we met not one, but two different versions of King Arthur. Now that we're approaching Fall, we've got a third. Unlike our two big screen kings, though, this one is a girl, 7-years-old, and very real — and so is the four-foot sword she pulled from a lake in Cornwall.
Matilda Jones was vacationing with her family at Cornwall's Dozmary Lake, wading in waist deep water, when she came upon the sword. Her father thought it was just a piece of fencing but when he went to inspect it, he discovered it was a four-foot blade, the same height as his daughter.
To make things even more interesting, Dozmary Pool has a very special connection to the mythical story of King Arthur and Excalibur. According to the legend, that is the precise location where a young Arthur, having lost the sword he pulled from the stone in a battle with the Black Knight, was gifted the mighty Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake. The legendary sword remained at his side until he was mortally wounded by his illegitimate son, Mordred, during the battle of Camlann. Before he sailed off to Avalon, Arthur requested to return to the lake and had one of his knights cast the sword into the water where the Lady of the Lake's arm rose, catching the blade and disappearing below the surface.
While it does not seem that Matilda was handed the sword by a mysterious marine maiden, I think it's safe to say that she is now the rightful ruler of all England, right? Isn't that how this works? If there's one thing I've learned from Monty Python it's that women in lakes doling out swords is most definitely a solid basis for a system of government.
The question remains: now that we have a new Arthur, will we be seeing reincarnations of the rest of the court of Camelot. As one Twitter user pointed out, we've already found Merlin.
All this speculation is a great deal of fun, but Matilda's father is quick to squash our legendary dreams of a return to Britain's golden age. He doesn't think the blade is quite as old as Excalibur, but that it is, instead, just a movie prop.
What do you think?
(via Daily Mail)