London Stone: Stone of Brutus or Fetish Stone—Making the Myth

@article{Clark2010LondonSS,
  title={London Stone: Stone of Brutus or Fetish Stone—Making the Myth},
  author={John Clark},
  journal={Folklore},
  year={2010},
  volume={121},
  pages={38 - 60}
}
The remnant of once-famous “London Stone” stands almost unnoticed today in Cannon Street, in the City of London. Speculation about its origin began as early as the sixteenth century. This paper considers in particular the identification of the Stone as London's talisman (a view embodied in an invented “ancient saying” that linked it to the city's legendary Trojan foundation), or as a prehistoric “fetish stone” set up when London was first settled. The mythologising of London Stone continues… 
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