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Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:04 PM

Girl, 7, finds 4ft SWORD in same lake where King Arthur was said to have hurled Excalibur



A seven-year-old girl stumbled across a 4ft 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 in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, when she came across the blade while on a family holiday.

The lake is said to be the spot where legendary medieval leader King Arthur is said to have returned Excalibur after being fatally wounded in the Battle of Camlann.

Ironically, dad Paul Jones, 51, had recounted the famous folklore of King Arthur to Matilda and her four-year-old sister Lois just before the recovery.



http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-7-finds-4ft-sword-11106508


SPOILER: The dad reckons that the sword's probably only about 30 years old (if that, judging by the pics above).

It does give me an excuse to post an antidote to my other very depressing post about Twitter abuse by linking to these fun threads:




TechnicallyRon ✔ @TechnicallyRon

OK this girl now rules Britain. Those are the rules. There are books about this. Send her to Number 10 immediately.

Dan Lopez @4danlopez

Schoolgirl pulls 4ft sword from Cornish lake https://buff.ly/2iTTYUd


Includes the inevitable

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Reply Girl, 7, finds 4ft SWORD in same lake where King Arthur was said to have hurled Excalibur (Original post)
Denzil_DC Sep 2017 OP
shenmue Sep 2017 #1
whistler162 Sep 2017 #15
Staph Sep 2017 #20
GeoWilliam750 Sep 2017 #24
Fortinbras Armstrong Sep 2017 #29
shenmue Sep 2017 #32
nycbos Sep 2017 #2
NewJeffCT Sep 2017 #17
Ken Burch Oct 2017 #38
Not Ruth Sep 2017 #3
Warpy Sep 2017 #5
Cirque du So-What Sep 2017 #11
SCantiGOP Sep 2017 #22
tymorial Sep 2017 #4
ChazInAz Sep 2017 #35
longship Sep 2017 #6
edbermac Sep 2017 #18
Fortinbras Armstrong Sep 2017 #30
longship Sep 2017 #7
Pope George Ringo II Sep 2017 #8
GeoWilliam750 Sep 2017 #25
leftofcool Sep 2017 #9
JHan Sep 2017 #12
CanonRay Sep 2017 #10
left-of-center2012 Sep 2017 #13
Sunlei Sep 2017 #14
onecent Sep 2017 #16
Wolf Frankula Sep 2017 #19
pnwmom Sep 2017 #21
Squinch Sep 2017 #28
Chellee Sep 2017 #23
Shoonra Sep 2017 #26
Fortinbras Armstrong Sep 2017 #33
gay texan Sep 2017 #27
TheDebbieDee Sep 2017 #31
Doreen Sep 2017 #34
tclambert Sep 2017 #36
Angry Dragon Sep 2017 #37
FSogol Oct 2017 #39

Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:09 PM

1. Long live Queen Matilda!

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 07:59 PM

15. Where is Stephen?

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:17 PM

20. Thank you!

I love a history geek!!!!!


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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:47 PM

24. It has been a while since the last Queen Matilda

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:16 PM

29. Matilda was an arsehole.

She had an absolute talent for alienating people who might well have supported her.

Stephen finally offered her a deal. Let him have the throne for his lifetime, and he would name Matilda's son as his successor. Matilda wanted to turn it down, but her chief supporters told her that if she didn't agree, they would take their troops and their money and go home. She did live long enough to see her son crowned as Henry II.

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #29)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:25 PM

32. I meant the new one, this girl

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:09 PM

2. The Monty Python scene played in my head when I read this.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:01 PM

17. same here

help help, I'm being repressed! Come see the violence inherent in the system!

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 4, 2017, 05:38 AM

38. "Bloody Peasant!"

 

n/t.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:11 PM

3. That looks like it was in the water for a week

 

She is messing with us

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Response to Not Ruth (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:25 PM

5. Someone is.

I've seen Bronze Age swords pulled from boggy water and they're very much the worse for wear, corroded down to next to nothing and either bent or broken before they were tossed in, since they were meant to be expensive sacrifices.

Likely there's an amateur bronze worker in the area who was hoping one of his less than perfect efforts would be discovered only after it had been pickled for a while.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 07:03 PM

11. The simplest explanation is the most likely

It's an Arthurian miracle. Jesus makes regular appearances on toast and prenatal ultrasounds, after all.

A wackaloon fundie 'preacher' once told me that the holy grail would never be found, as it was safely ensconced in heaven - along with the ark of the covenant. Physical items in a heavenly realm. Really.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:24 PM

22. The sword was kept in good shape

By the Loch Ness monster that lived in the lake.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:24 PM

4. Pie Jesu Domine, Dona Rid Requiem...




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Response to tymorial (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:04 PM

35. WHONK!

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:27 PM

6. Reminds me: John Boorman's "Excalibur"

Next on my NetFlix queue, as soon as I send back Marx Bros., A Day at the Races, which I watched last night and will watch again tonight.

So many fine actors in Excalibur. Nigel Terry, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Helen "fucking" Mirren, Nicole "Chew the scenery" Williamson.

A great flick.

Trailer:

Plus, it has a rather wonderful musical score. Most importantly, it is decidedly not Camelot, which is totally wretched cinema and richly deserved to be parodied by Monty Python.

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Response to longship (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:04 PM

18. My first thought: a lost prop from that film.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #18)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:23 PM

30. I loved the use of Siegfried's funeral music from Gotterdammerung here n/t

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:35 PM

7. Plus, she wears pink Crocs!!!

Excalibur, plus royal pink Crocs? Hell, forget No. 10, clear the pretenders out of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle! Send the pretenders to the Tower! Let their heads be displayed on Traitor's Gate!


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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:37 PM

8. Over the last few months

I've really had to reconsider the wisdom of strange women lying in ponds distributing swords. Farcical aquatic ceremonies are starting to look fairly reasonable as a means to derive supreme executive power.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:49 PM

25. Hmmm....

I can see your point

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:40 PM

9. All hail Queen Matilda and her pink Crocs

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 07:48 PM

12. Hahahahaa

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 06:49 PM

10. Long live Queen Matilda

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 07:52 PM

13. Reminds me of Putin ...

He once found an 'ancient relic' while scuba diving mere feet from the shore.

Hmm.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 07:57 PM

14. very cool but isn't that probably loot/a stolen item from about 30 years ago?

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:00 PM

16. Awesome...she must be thrilled!!!

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:07 PM

19. That's a two hander not a broadsword

It is meant for fighting in the front ranks of pike squares, between the pikemen and cutting off heads of pikes and people. It's not Excalibur, and it looks modern made.

Wolf

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:19 PM

21. Can she please come here and be President? I'm sure she'd do a better job. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #21)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:03 PM

28. My first thought too.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:27 PM

23. I'm so jaded.

What stuck out: "Ironically, dad Paul Jones, 51, had recounted the famous folklore of King Arthur to Matilda and her four-year-old sister Lois just before the recovery."

Or...Dad planted a $29.95 replica for Matilda to find.

Maybe he wanted to encourage her love of history or mythology or literature.

Alternatively, an overly enthusiastic cosplay reenactment. And Dad telling the story really was coincidental.

No matter what, if that sword has been underwater for 12 months, I'd be surprised. But still, it would have been a thrilling find for a 7 year old.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:59 PM

26. Exclaibur, the film, ...

There have been, as far as I can find, about two dozen movies dramatizing the King Arthur story, but I think that 1981's EXCALIBUR, the one featured in two clips above, was the best. It pretended, like a few others, to be based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, written in 1469, based on legends very deliberately cultivated during the reign of Henry II (12th cent.), rather than admit any obligation to a copyrighted source.

Anyway, it featured Helen Mirren (as Morgana), Nicol Williamson (as Merlin), Nigel Terry as a heroic Arthur (only a few years earlier he had been a rodent-like Prince John in Lion in Winter). The music is all Wagner (the bit behind the tossing of the sword is Sigfried's Rhine Journey). A tad too steamy for small children. The spirit Lady of the Lake, who provided and repaired the sword earlier in the movie, was director John Boorman's teenage daughter.

My amateur opinion is the sword found by the little girl is not the style, material, corrosion, etc., appropriate to the 7th century or anything close (presumably the era of Arthur).

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Response to Shoonra (Reply #26)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:34 PM

33. That's Siegfried's funeral music, not the Rhine journey

See

And the music is not all Wagner. For example, Carl Orff's "O, Fortuna" from Carmina Burana is used here

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:02 PM

27. Well to be quite honest,

At this point a 10 year old girl wearing pink crocs and holding a sword could do a better job that the present Admin....

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:24 PM

31. Monty Python and the legend of the watery tart! I love it!

 

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Tue Sep 5, 2017, 01:03 AM

34. That is adorable.

In order for her to rule she would have to have pulled it out of a stone to prove her worth to rule.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Tue Sep 5, 2017, 02:38 PM

36. But does she have any dragons? These days, queens gotsa have dragons.

I saw it on the TeeVee, so it must be true.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #36)

Tue Sep 5, 2017, 05:43 PM

37. I will be her Dragon

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Wed Oct 4, 2017, 08:47 AM

39. Not so fast, little girl. You have to find the grail before your job is complete.

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