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The Holy Kingdom: Quest for the Real King Arthur [Paperback]

Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert , etc. , Alan Wilson , Baram Blackett
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1 April 1999
Backed by 40 years of research, this work provides a perspective on a crucial period in British history and the historical King Arthur. It argues that there were in fact two kings, both named Arthur, whose careers were rolled into one to become the single Arthur of myth and legend.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552144894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552144896
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Holy Kingdom is not a book which can be categorised as "Mind & Body, Spirituality and Religion"! It is a study of British History. It concentrates on the historical records of Britain and the Royal genealogies. It involves a tracing of ancient sites which are listed in the ancient histories, and exhibits the name of Arthur I, son of Magnus, and Arthur II, son of Meurig, his direct male line descendant 6 generations later as they appear in numbers of British manuscripts.

This work is not "politically correct" as it identifies the sites as they are specified in the ancient manuscripts and not as they are imagined by daydreamers.

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In this explosive book the authors, using ancient historical records, show that Britain was never fully conquered by the Romans but retained its culture, its royal families intermarrying with the Caesars. With the coming of Joseph of Arimathea in AD 37, its kings become converts to Christianity and the island the secret home of many of Jesus's followers.

Two of those kings were named Arthur - one, Arthur I of Warwickshire, the fourth-century son of the emperor Magnus Maximus, the other his sixth-century descendant and a king of Glamorgan - their careers rolled into one and elaborated upon by medieval poets, they became the single King Arthur of myth and legend.

As a result of research going back over forty years, the authors are able to reveal the location of the graves of both Arthurs, the location of Camelot, the burial place of the 'true cross of Christ' and uncover a secret historical current that links our times with the mysteries of Arthur and the Holy Grail. In doing so, they challenge many orthodox beliefs perpetuated by a Church which long ago lost touch with its roots.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and insult provoking 5 Jan 2014
This is a very interesting book that is somewhat tainted by the main "author" being known mostly for new age fantasy style histories. That shouldn't put people off reading it as the work of relevance and detail is entirely that of Wilson and Blackett and it is their work that provokes much thought about the origins of the myths and legends. The biggest problem for this book is that there are many willingly lining up to attack it. Firstly you have the it's all made up brigade who have no interest in anyone saying otherwise in any way shape or form, many of the reviews around are of that type. Equally you have the vested interest of places like Somerset's many Arthurian sites who have no desire to see a reinvention as a Welsh figure. The irony of the English, i.e. the people Arthurian legend revolves around defeating and throwing out of these islands, latching onto Arthur as their own is lost on too many people for the subtlety of a post Rome Romano-British warlord to register with them. No one can know whether the book is accurate, close or not even near the truth but the amount of evidence they do have deserves more investigation and debate than the name calling and insult throwing that has been used, when the book/work is even acknowledged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Kingdom book 24 April 2013
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I chose the 5 star rating because it deserved it,.fast and efficient delivery,gave the delivery date approx 22nd April and it arrived on the 22 nd,
Will certainly use Amazon again as I have many times before,and ,would certainly recommend to a friend or anyone who asks,
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book filled in the gaps 1 Feb 2002
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I first read this book out of interest, then i read it again as the information sank in, the authors fill in the background history as well as investigate the truth of King Arthur, there are some very startling conclusions...
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Despite the smears and censors, Wilson and Blackett have always provided detailed evidence to support their claims. They have rediscovered the truth about ancient British history - the truth which was deliberately subverted by the English establishment...
Bear in mind that Edward Llwyd, an historian of note based at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, concluded that it was indeed Arthur 1 who defeated the French at Sassy/Soissons. This is the same king Anhun, Anthun, no doubt about it. Polydore Virgil, King Henry V111's historian, was right when he noted that the mythical "Arthur" figure in our histories would had to have been 250 years old to have done what was claimed. The truth, as Wilson and Blackett show, is simple. There were two Arthurs! The genealogies of the ancient Kings proves this!
Our ancient Khumric-Welsh manuscripts are not in doubt and archaelogical digs undertaken by Wilson, Blackett, Dr. Eric Talbot and Alan Wishart (MA) of Glasgow University in 1990 are detailed in The Holy Kingdom and prove, beyond any doubt, that St.Peters Super Montem is, perhaps, the most important early Christian site in Europe.
No wonder the Catholic church is concerned, because it emerges, in Wilson and Blackett's book and through their 25 years of research, that Christianity arrived here in AD 37, "the last year of Tiberius", and that the ancient Welsh manuscripts, whose provenance is not in doubt, show this. The dig at St. Peters indicated that it dated to the 1st Century AD. So Rome is the daughter, not the mother, church. (And I was bought up in the high Anglo-Catholic church and have no problem with it from a religious point of view!)The irony is that Cardinal Baronius, chief historian of the Roman Catholic church, stated that Christianity arrived in Britain in AD35.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 4 Aug 2001
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I have read around this topic before. Then I read what opponents say (such as critics on this page). Basically, Wilson and Blackett are not perfect (who is?) but they ARE worth listening to. (Don't be confused by the Adrian Gilbert name - he only wrote up their stuff. This is much better than the books he authored himself in my opinion.)
Yes, it is true that the book jumps to conclusions in some areas. That is inevitable, given the nature of the material. There are a few parts in particular that I have problems with. But in general, it seems to me that Wilson and Blackett make a number of claims that their critics simply do not address.
I could be wrong - I do not read Welsh - but from the evidence I have seen (this book, others like it, the response of critics, an amateur interest in the late sixth century) the authors have more to offer than their critics.
One more point. I am always skeptical or revisionist historians - people who try to re-write a nation's history. Wilson and Blackett are not suggesting anything new or revolutionary. They are just saying that the original history should be respected. Maybe, just maybe, the Roman and Saxon version of British history was just a tiny bit biased.
Finally, the issues raised by critics on this page have been answered elsewhere. But this is a review, not a discussion forum, so I will leave those things alone. Buy this book!
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blatant misuse of sources 16 July 2001
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Oh Dear! The researches on Arthurian matters by Wilson And Blackett are well known in Arthurian circles and they have finally reached the High Street. As many readers will not be aware of the readings of Welsh manuscripts I thought it would be interesting to show how this pair have misrepresented them. The Holy Kingdom relies upon the identification of two names from South Wales Genealogies being Arthur I and Arthur II. The genealogies are given below as per the manuscript and then with the interpretation of them by the authors of THK.
Their genealogy for Arthur I is taken from a very reliable source dating from c.958 known as the Harleian Genealogies (MS 3859) which is given below from Early Welsh Genealogical Manuscripts, Peter Bartrum, 1966, as per the original manuscript. (map, m., or ap means "son of")
Eidinet map Anthun map Maxim guletic qui occidit Gratianum regem Romanorum.
The Holy Kingdom p.178 gives the above manuscript as:
Eidinet ap Arthun ap Maxim Gulc tic qui occidit Gratian cum regum Romanorum
You will see that they have changed Anthun into Arthun who they claim is Arthur I. There is no maybe or possibly just "-that is, Arthur" p.178. They then go on to claim that Annun Du (Annun Black) is the same person as Arthun (their Arthur I) who they call quite inaccurately Arthun Du.
"A thousand years old, these [the Brecon Manuscripts] are contained in the British museum Vespasian A. XIV and the Harleian 4181 collections. They are invaluable records, much quoted and referred to but, according to Alan and Baram, never actually read by those who quote them. Three times the statement is made, in Welsh as well as Latin, that Arthun the Black, known as the 'King of Greece', was a son of Macsen wledig - Magnis Maximus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating addition to the Arthurian debate
Unlike so many books published on Arthur and Britain's prehistory, this is an accessible and comprehensive read. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Peter Buckley
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable Nonsense.
I am a big fan of anyone who questions perceived wisdom. This book is interesting, but not in any kind of academic sense. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Mr. Nicholas W. Le Huquet
1.0 out of 5 stars Criminally bad
There is hardly any need to repeat the factual errors and major methodological problems in this book, many of which have been detailed by other reviewers. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2008 by C. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite, Quite Bizarre!
I am rarely inspired to take the time to write a review, however this is quite the most rediculous book I have ever had the misfortune to read. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Shaun Hourston
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book on hte subject worth buying!
This US version of the 1999 classic provides some new information and continues to show just how correct Wilson and Blackett are. Read more
Published on 9 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - A first-rate read.
Cuts through the garbage that is the "official" British History of pre-Saxon times. Has the unmistakeable ring of truth. A must-read.
Published on 8 Sep 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars History Is A Political Weapon
Ruling elites throughout history, including The Romans, the British Empire and the Nazis, have used history to suit their own ends. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2000
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