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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715645838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715645833
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ardrey delivers a bombshell fascinating stuff --Los Angeles Times

Amazing Disproves the belief that Merlin was the fictional wizard portrayed in the movies The Sword in the Stone and Excalibur --Mail on Sunday

Amazing Disproves the belief that Merlin was the fictional wizard portrayed in the movies The Sword in the Stone and Excalibur --Mail on Sunday

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Adam Ardrey is the author of Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend of the Great Arthurian Mage. He is a writer and human rights advocate, and has previously worked in television and as an attorney.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony G on 2 Jan. 2014
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This book provides an excelently argued case for a Scottish Arthur, something that other historians have pointed to. I found Mr. Ardrey's overall argument very persuasive as he has identified a historical man with the right name, at the right time, a contemporary of the historical Merlin and a leader in battle, although not a King. My only minor complaints are that many of the arguments were repeated a little too often for my liking, although it must be said that proponents of a southern based Arthur probably need constant reminding. I also found some of the specific arguments for battle locations rather tenuous at best, although the author did convince me on most of them. He did tend to gloss over one or two aspects, but at least he has had the courage of his convictions and come up with a very plausible theory for a historic Arthur. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend anyone with an interest in Arthurian legend to read it. This theory is for others to argue against, not to dismiss simply because it doesn't fit with their preconceptions. Arthur has long been dismissed by many as a fictional character because there is no evidence for his life in Wales or southern England. Mr. Ardrey has identified a real character who is very probably the source of the legend and this theory should be taken seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ap Dái on 21 Nov. 2013
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Those of you who read finding Merlin will be happy to know that this book has finally been published. If you are open to new ideas about Scottish history, places and people then this book will pose you lots of questions. If your looking for a totally Christian Arthur, pure truth and academic exactitude then this book could drive you crazy but that's not what its about. Like the previous book the author sets out his views in contrast to the traditional hegemony. Some of the conclusions are more convincing than others but all of the arguments act as a stimulus for debate. No one who has read his previous book should be surprised or upset that Adam Ardrey continues to locate his Arthur (Arthur Mac Aden) in Scotland, to connect Arthur to Argyle/Mannu and to argue that Arthur's time over laps with that of Merlin (Myrddin Lailokën). I read this book over two days. Having previously read many academic books about Scotland in this time period - I much preferred Adam Ardrey's irreverent and some times scathing approach to the topic. All history of this period is, partial, inexact and an interpretation. In this book its clear that Adam Ardrey's interpretation is related to his own personal history. This makes this book different to the majority of books on early Scottish history that hide their bias behind the cover of apparent academic/scientific neutrality.

The book makes you think and his previous book inspired me to take to the hills of Scotland. Its a starting point for dialogue, discussion and argument - don't moan if it doesn't confirm your views on the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mclaughlan on 15 Dec. 2013
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I was given this book by a magazine who wanted me to write a review of it. After writing it I did what I have never done for any review book before. I looked it up here on Amazon to praise it.

It just so happened I have been a "fan" of King Arthur for a long time and read countless books on the subject. Adam Ardrey, pulls the facts together and blows away the clouds of legend in a startling new way, making this the best book I have ever read on the subject.

If you are at all interested in Scottish or British history, or the legends of one of the most famous kings in the world - King Arthur - then you will love this book!

Very well done, Mr Ardrey!
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He has a habit of repeating himself at times (knocked a star off for that), but it's only his second book.
Despite that, his arguments appear to stand up and we have the raw (but well researched) version of the history behind the myth.

Before I'd read Finding Merlin (Ardrey's previous book), my last attempt at the Arthurian legend was reading Nikolai Tolstoy's 'Coming of the King' (a tome of gargantually boring proportions that made no sense and read like a phone book).

I'm quite local to the events he describes however, so the language and placenames described are very familiar. (which may help)

The fact remains though that the period of history in question is shrouded in mystery, due to a dearth of information, but his arguments make more sense than anything I've read or seen previously.

It's also made clear (to those who may apply current national borders, where none existed at the time) that the nations which now make up the UK, did not apply at the time.
What he is attempting to do is accurately place a notable figure in the history of the 'British Isles', to a region within it.
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By HoneyPunk on 14 April 2014
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A most enjoyable book detailing how, during the course of his own genealogical research, the author stumbled across proof of the legendary King Arthur's existence in Scottish history. Evidence is drawn from historic writings, geography and language
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