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Dozmary pool, into which Sir Bedivere flung Excalibur

Dozmary pool, into which Sir Bedivere flung Excalibur

Dozmary Pool is more than a mile in circumference and is set in a hollow amongst the wild Cornish moors. Many legends centre around the sinister lake, the only natural one in Cornwall apart from Looe Pool, the chief of which is that connected with King Arthur's sword Excalibur. On his death-bed the wounded king bade his knight cast the magic brand into the lake, but it was returned. Tennyson, in the "Idylls of the King," makes this incident take place in ancient Lyonesse, a tract of land between Land's End and Scilly, now submerged.

Other pictures from Through King Arthur's Country


Birthplace of Arthur at Tintagel, and Glastonbury abbey

Cadbury castle, the reputed site of the Arthurian Camelot

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