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Arthur pulling out the sword

King Arthur Pendragon was a Briton leader who led the defencee of his people against the Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. He became immortalized as a King of the Britons. He was also a member of the organization that would evolve into and come to be known as the Templar Order.

According to legends, Arthur possessed a sacred sword called Excalibur or Caliburn, one of the Swords of Eden, which he pulled from a stone.[1] However, he was later betrayed by those he loved, which ultimately led to his death.[2]

Alan Rikkin was of the opinion that Arthur's view of the Templars' role was idealistic and misguided, seeing his failure as proof that the Order was meant to follow a different path in the 21st century.[2]