A week or so ago a young girl called Matilda Jones was paddling on the edge of a lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall when she found a four-foot long sword in the shallows. Unusual in any lake at any time, you might think. But this was no ordinary lake, this was Dozmary Pool, where legend has it the Lady of the Lake raised her arm above the mirror of the water to receive Excalibur from the fatally wounded King Arthur.

What a wonderful story and what a magical moment for the excellent Matilda who’d only been told of the Legend of Excalibur by her father moments before she found the broadsword by her father.  It turned out to be a film prop probably no more than thirty years old but who cares. King Arthur’s spell had been cast again and, in time, Matilda’s story will undoubtedly join the long catalogue of Arthurian legends.