In a word, no. While there is some debate about whether Arthur (the man) was in fact real, Merlin, Lancelot, Camelot,the Lady of the Lake, and (sadly) Excalibur have no basis in fact or history. With that being said, many of history’s most beloved characters are the product of nothing more than stories being passed on from generation to generation.
According to Welsh legends, King Arthur became king after drawing Excalibur from stone. Some legends declare that Excalibur and “The Sword in the Stone” were in fact two different swords, and that Excalibur was forged for King Arthur by Guinevere’s blacksmith father, Tom. Regardless of how King Arthur came to wield Excalibur, the sword was a legendary blade, to be sure. Though King Arthur is not decidedly “real”, the stories written of he and his escapades make for good entertainment.
The sword itself was said to have magical powers. There is some debate among the legends as to whether Excalibur was drawn from the stone or given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake.
Around the 5th-6th century, Arthur wielded the sword in defense of Britain against the Saxon invaders. He created the Round Table at Camelot (an attempt at changing the way the nation was led).
Arthur was said to have fought in many of the battles he led. Excalibur was Arthur’s most famous weapon (though not his only named weapon). When Arthur was on his deathbed, he gifted the sword to Sir Bedivere who did not keep the sword for himself, but instead cast Excalibur back into the lake from whence it came.
We carry several Excalibur replica swords – just search “Excalibur” to see what we have in stock, but here are a few to get you started!
|Excalibur Short Sword|
|Excalibur – The Sword of Power|