The Sword in the Stone

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The sword in the stone of San Galgano at Montesiepi Chapel

The Sword in the Stone may refer to:



  • The legend of the sword and the stone dates back to the Arthurian legend. This legend was created by a twelfth–century poet named Robert de Boron. The legend follows a man named Arthur and how he was taken by Merlin (a wizard) after he was born. Merlin had taken him to be raised at the castle of Sir Ector, who was a loyal ally of the King. Arthur was raised as a bastard child of the king, not knowing his true royal identity. The legend follows the life of Arthur in how it was prophesied that the true ruler of Britain would be able to pull the sword from the Stone. There are multiple tales in which it is believed that Arther pulled the Excalibur Sword from the stone. The correct name for the sword in the stone was Caliburn, The Sword of Selection. Excalibur was an even stronger sword that Arthur obtained from a river nymph during his adventures. Caliburn broke during a sabotaged training session.
  • A medieval sword blade of Galgano Guidotti embedded in rock at the Montesiepi Chapel near the Abbey of San Galgano in Siena providence, Italy. (Chisdino).



  • The Sword in the Stone, a music composition for a 1939 six-part radio show composed by Benjamin Britten
  • "The Sword in the Stone", a song by Kayak on their 1981 studio album Merlin
  • "Sword and Stone", a song released by the German band Bonfire on their 1989 album Point Blank
  • "The Sword in the Stone", a song by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on the 2003 EP Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead


  • The Sword in the Stone, a play by Chinese-Canadian playwright Marty Chan

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