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I am an American and a Monarchist, and I have come to that conclusion after studying Catholic Prophecy for 12 years and discovering the real sword in the stone in Tuscany Italy.  The sword of St. Galgano is the legendary Excalibur on Earth.  Monarchies and other forms of Government are fluid and change over time.  However the ideology of St. Galgano and the  Arthurian Saga written as the ideal society still hold weight.  I seek to raise awareness to the awesome mystical union we have in regards to righteous government.  The Interaction that Galgano had with St. Michael the Archangel tells us something about how God wants this Monarchy to function.  The only problem is so many souls are sleeping or have forgotten the ways of their ancestors. 
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The story of Galgano is a charming little tale which I had not come across before, so thanks. Whether his sword, certainly a most interesting relic of genuine antiquity, was actually the model for Excalibur is though a debatable question, probably with no conclusive answer. What argues against it for me is that the tale lacks the vital element of the noble youth, whether Arthur or Sigmund/Siegmund, who alone can withdraw the sword from the stone/tree. Also, in most versions of the mythos the (unnamed) sword in the stone and Excalibur are two quite separate and distinct artefacts.

It is an interesting point that there has never been an actual King Arthur anywhere, despite all the centuries in which the idealised figure in the story was seen as a pattern for kingship, and also believed to have been the historical figure we now more than doubt he was. There would have been an Arthur of England had the eldest son of Henry VII lived beyond his teenage years, but it was not to be. He was actually named for the mythical monarch; the son of James IV of Scotland who bore the name however was named for him and in his memory, his sister Margaret being the later Arthur's mother. He would have been King of Scots had he lived, but sadly did not survive infancy.

The only other English/Scottish/British prince I can think of with Arthur as his first name was Queen Victoria's third son, named in honour of his godfather the great Duke of Wellington rather than the Arthur of the stories. A very popular and admired figure, I believe it is due to him that both the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge have Arthur among their names.
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Dear Peter,

The sword in the stone did not enter the Arthurian Saga until after the events of Galgano's life.  As for Arthur he is a combination of historical characters, such as Charlemenge and a Roman General Arturius, celtic myth, and prophesies of the great monarch.  The tale of King Arthur was rewritten several times, most notably by a knight, a monk, and a poet.
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That doesn't prove that Galgano's story was the origin of that part of the myth. It might have been, and might not. In any case it would be only partial; there is nothing in the Galgano story about the sword being removed by anyone, let alone that only one person can do it. That part of the Arthur story might have come from Sigmund and Gram, or might not. Finally, my point was that Excalibur and the sword in the stone are not necessarily the same weapon, in fact usually they are not. This was in reply to your statement that Galgano's sword is Excalibur.
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Peter,

You are slightly missing the point about Galgano.....When the Archangel Michael appeared to Saint Galgano, he was a young , worldly, and ruthless Tuscan Knight.  The Angel told him to amend his life, to which he replied it would be easier for him to thrust his sword through solid rock than change his ways.  He was humbled and devoted the rest of his life to doing Penance.  St. Galgano was the first time the Vatican ever investigated the life of anybody, which is now common practice for recognition of Sanctity.  In this way St. Galgano set the standard for the entire human race.  The Message of Penance from the Angel with the Flaming sword in the Third Secret of Fatima only reaches its understanding completely in understanding the Life of St. Galgano.  The message to amend one's life is the same as the apparitions of Garabandal.  St. Galgano's head was found to be incorrupt, and the Templars came into possession of it.  The Inccorupt head of Galgano was known as the Magdeline, and it is the head that King Phillip accused the Templars of worshipping, and in this way Galgano had a direct effect on the French Monarchy.  When King Phillip passed (perhaps due to a templar curse) it started the war of succession which led to the arrival of Joan of Arc.  What you refer to as a little tale about the sword in the stone, is actually a biblical weapon that commands respect.  It quite simply is the destiny of the Human Race, and it will play a significant role in the restoration of the Monarchy.  It speaks of Humility and Repentance.  It speaks of the balance of Justice and Mercy.  It gives the correct model for government, and virtuous living.  The legends of King Arthur are prophetic in that they tell us somethings about the prophesied Great Monarch.  His royal lineage, like Arthur, will be hidden from the public, he will be raised in obscurity, and he will be poor.  When you understand that the sword in the stone is a mystical weapon which ultimately gives testimony to the Church and the Gospel, you understand that the time is nearing when the power structure of the world will be turned upside down. 
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Um, well, as I don't believe a single word of all that then I suppose from your perspective I am missing the point.
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