Matilda Jones, aged seven, from Doncaster has a unique summer holiday story to share with friends as she returns to school today. No doubt she will be the talk of the playground as she regales children and teachers with the tale of how she became the Maiden King of England.
Matilda was paddling in Dozmary Pool, in Cornwall when she made the prophetic discovery, Her dad, Paul, aged 51, had told Matilda and her sister Lois, four, about the legend of King Arthur on their journey to the lake.
He said: “It was a blistering hot day and Matilda asked if we could go for a paddle. She was only about 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.” Folklore has it that Dozmary Pool is said to be where Excalibur was thrown by Sir Bedivere after the Battle of Camlann and Arthur’s death.
According to local tradition Dozmary pool, in Cornwall is home to The Lady in the Lake who gifted Excalibur to King Arthur, Sir Bedivere threw the sword back into the lake after Arthur left England for the realm of Avalon. The Legend goes that just as the sword was about to hit the water a ladies hand came out of the water and claimed the sword. vowing to return it to the rightful ruler of England in its time of need.
“The sword is 4ft long – exactly Matilda’s height,” added Paul. “I don’t think it’s particularly old about 20 or 30 years old. It’s probably an old film prop.” At the end of their six-day holiday, the family brought the sword home and Matilda and Lois are taking great pleasure in telling all her family and friends about her discovery.
There has been no comment as of yet on whether Matilda will enforce the legend and claim the monarchy form Her Majesty Elizabeth II to become, what is surely her right, The Maiden King of England. Matilda has also failed to confirm any plans to reinstate the Knights of the Round Table.