Interestingly, Karen's Scabbard (and my Arthur) have already diverged from Tim and Heather's version. In one, Excalibur is the sword in the stone, that Arthur pulls out to establish his kingship. In the other, that's just some sword, and Arthur gets Excalibur after he's king, from the Lady in the Lake (her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite). Pick the legend that pleases you most. :-)
Today, I'm struggling through Disraeli's Sybil. He's okay with the dialogue, but much of the book so far is ponderous parliamentary politics, oog. Going to be a long day.
After Disraeli, I have Whitman, Thackeray, and Omar Khayyam. Two long poets, one long novel. Then I'll be done with my historical list (pre-1900). I'm hoping to finish them by Saturday. We'll see.