SWIMMING IN THE LAKE, MATILDA FINDS A SWORD
Matilda Jones was swimming in waist-deep water in Dozmary Pool when she came across the blade while on a family holiday, just after her Dad told her the story about the legendary King Arthur. At just seven years old, the girl stumbled across a 4ft sword in the same lake where King Arthur’s Excalibur was said to have been thrown. Matilda Jones was swimming waist-deep in Dozmary Pool in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, when she came across the mighty blade while on a family vacation. 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.
DAD TELLS THE TALE OR KING ARTHUR AND HIS SWORD, EXCALIBUR
Oddly enough, her dad Paul Jones, had just recounted the famous folklore of King Arthur to Matilda and her four year old sister Lois just before the recovery. Paul said: “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 realized it was a sword. It was just there lying flat on the bottom of the lake. “The sword is 4ft long – exactly Matilda’s height.”
A ONCE BOTTOMLESS LAKE, IS TODAY JUST A POND FOR PROPS
Legend has it that King Arthur first received Excalibur from the Lady of Lake in Dozmary Pool after rowing out to receive it. After being mortally wounded in the Battle of Camlann he asked to be taken there so he could return the sword to her. After three attempts, his loyal follower Bedivere cast it into the water and the Lady of the Lake’s arm rose to receive it. The lake, in the civil parish of Altarnun on Bodmin Moor, was said to be bottomless until droughts in 1859 and 1976 dried it out completely and revealed it is, in fact, and shallow pond.
Matilda’s dad reckons the sword is probably only around 30 years old. “I don’t think it’s particularly old,” he said. “It’s probably an old film prop.”