An Italian knight turned saint is said to have stabbed his sword into a rock in the 12th Century.


Chrétien de Troyes
Eleanor of Aquitaine, “The Queen of Troubadours”


Chrétien de Troyes, one of the troubadours of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and England, took the idea of Saint Galgano’s sword and transform it into the saga of King Arthur and Excalibur. Chrétien de Troyes (c. 1160–1191) was a French poet and trouvère known for his writing on Arthurian subjects, and for first writing of LancelotPercival and the Holy Grail

Today, the sword can still be seen in Tuscany, but is it real? And was it the inspiration for Excalibur and King Arthur’s saga?

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The sword in the stone at Montesiepi Chapel

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Curated by: Robren
Published: 15 May 2022

Link to this article: https://tinyurl.com/ExcaliburOrigin

The Proof that King Arthur’s Excalibur legend of the ‘sword in the stone’ originated from Chrétien de Troyes, inspired by Saint Galgano

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