King Arthur’s legendary ‘sword in the stone’ might actually exist– in Italy. In the 12th century, a pious Italian knight who’d abandoned his ruthless ways had religious visions and allegedly pushed his sword into the stone ground, which “yielded like butter.” A chapel was built around the sword, which has long been thought a fake, but recent studies show it is indeed from the 12th century. Source Source 2 Source 3

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068 in Warwickshire, England on a bend of the River Avon.  The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th century military architecture.

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