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Long live the queen? Girl pulls a sword from the lake of King Arthur’s Excalibur

Matilda Jones, 7, was paddling waist-deep in Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor last week when she came across a sword.
Matilda Jones, 7, was paddling waist-deep in Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor last week when she came across a sword. Twitter

There’s a new Lady of the Lake. A 7-year-old girl has found a 4-foot-long sword in the same lake where King Arthur’s Excalibur was said to have been thrown.

Matilda Jones was paddling waist-deep in Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall last week when she came across the blade while on a family trip, Cornwall Live reports.

“It was a blistering hot day, and Matilda asked if we could go for a paddle,” said her father, Paul Jones of Doncaster. “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.”

According to folklore, Dozmary Pool is where Excalibur was thrown by Sir Bedivere after the Battle of Camlann and Arthur’s death, reports The Sheffield Star, which tweeted a photo of Matilda with the sword.

Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into the lake, an arm rose from the surface, caught the sword and vanished back into the water. Dozmary Pool is the home of the Lady of the Lake and is where a young Arthur rowed out to claim the mighty sword.

According to some interpretations of the Arthurian legend, the owner of Excalibur is the rightful monarch of England.

So Matilda is the queen?

Not so fast, her father says.

“I don’t think it’s particularly old. It’s probably an old film prop.”

Adam Darby: 816-234-4318, @adarby87

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