There is a myth connected with an abbey and other remains in Tuscany (north of Rome): There used to be, in the 12th century, a gentleman who lived by the sword, but, after certain dreams and other experiences, he decided to give up the sword, which he plunged into a rock. He became San [Saint] Galgano and was formally canonized by the Church. The church or Abbey of San Galgano was built after his death. Its walls are still standing. The rock with the [12th century] sword is still there. Since somebody must have tried to extract it and damaged its hilt [later fixed], it is protected by a glass enclosure. Probably the fame of the sword in the rock reached England and was used in an Arthurian legend, according to which Arthur was able to extract it. whereby he became the king of England. (A nice myth based on another myth. Of course, nobody knows how actually the sword was inserted into the rock, and I do not know whether the "rock" is a natural rock or something like a cement-block which originally, when fresh, could have received a real 12th century sword.)
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So wait, let me see if I understood this story correctly. This guy was a warrior and was good with his sword. So good that he was never defeated by anyone. Then suddenly he became religious and abandoned his sword his sword in a rock. Correct? Why did he feel the need to abadon his sword though? Was it supposed to represent something?
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