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The Trials of Arthur: Revised Edition [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Pendragon , CJ Stone , Ronald Hutton
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"Am I alone in thrilling to the sight of this noble throwback to the age of Celtic romance? Our Prime Minister is a grinning, charmless twerp; our Archbishop of Canterbury has as much spiritual charisma as a raw potato; and the House of Windsor is Dullsville. I'd dump the whole lot of them tomorrow and replace them with a single Royal, Spiritual and Political leader - King Arthur." --A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard 1997

`...the amazing story of one singular man. But it is also the inspiring tale of an unjustly maligned British counterculture. Searching, funny, intelligent and illuminating, it is on one level a rip-roaring read, whimsical and compelling, and on another a haunting elegy to all those people who refuse to accept that they cannot make a difference in a world they know must change.' --Deborah Orr

`...the compelling and often hilarious story of how an ex-soldier, ex-builder and always-biker donned a white frock (his words) and changed his name legally and regally to Arthur Pendragon. So is this long-haired, bearded, cider-loving guy with a sword really Arthur Pendragon? ...as the book says, if Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, Malory, Spencer and Tennyson can reinvent Arthur for their own purposes, spiritual or political, then so can we; he's the King Arthur reinvented for today. 9/10. --Fortean Times

`...filled with sagas, some hilarious, others sad and poignant, which show that this man is a human being on a mission to uphold "Truth, Honour and Justice". The reader can't help but like the man who calls himself King Arthur Uther Pendragon.' --Hampshire Chronicle

`For those of you not familiar with Arthur Pendragon, Druid King and Stonehenge defender, you're in for a treat. Arthur's story is one that is needed in these days when the people of Britain are being led into conflicts not of their choosing and are suffering at the hands of politicians and bureaucracy. Having faced racism and the worst that British society can offer, it is no small relief to find this patriotic upholder of all the good things about being British. Long live the once and present King! Highly recommended.'
--Tania Ahsan, Prediction.

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Looks like a tramp. Says he's a King.

Meet Arthur - Warrior, leader and Druid. An ex-squaddie and biker turned spiritual leader and parliamentary candidate. The bearer of the Sword of Britain. Once voted the tenth most outrageous man in Britain by Loaded magazine, following the incident where he was naked in the Royal Courts of Justice. He is also - some would say - the legendary King Arthur, returned at last, fighting to revive the Wasteland and renew these islands. Don't believe him? Come with him on adventures and quests, through fields and forests and sacred places, to the mythical Britain behind the facade of our empty consumer culture. Regardless of whether you believe he is who he says he is, one thing is certain: he's the best Arthur we have.

This new edition has been extensively revised by both authors. It includes seven new chapters and is over 20,000 words longer than the first edition.

"Am I alone in thrilling to the sight of this noble throwback to the age of Celtic romance? Our Prime Minister is a grinning, charmless twerp; our Archbishop of Canterbury has as much spiritual charisma as a raw potato; and the House of Windsor is Dullsville. I'd dump the whole lot of them tomorrow and replace them with a single Royal, Spiritual and Political leader - King Arthur." --A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard 1997

`...the amazing story of one singular man. But it is also the inspiring tale of an unjustly maligned British counterculture. Searching, funny, intelligent and illuminating, it is on one level a rip-roaring read, whimsical and compelling, and on another a haunting elegy to all those people who refuse to accept that they cannot make a difference in a world they know must change.' --Deborah Orr

`...the compelling and often hilarious story of how an ex-soldier, ex-builder and always-biker donned a white frock (his words) and changed his name legally and regally to Arthur Pendragon. So is this long-haired, bearded, cider-loving guy with a sword really Arthur Pendragon? ...as the book says, if Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, Malory, Spencer and Tennyson can reinvent Arthur for their own purposes, spiritual or political, then so can we; he's the King Arthur reinvented for today. 9/10. --Fortean Times

`...filled with sagas, some hilarious, others sad and poignant, which show that this man is a human being on a mission to uphold "Truth, Honour and Justice". The reader can't help but like the man who calls himself King Arthur Uther Pendragon.' --Hampshire Chronicle

`For those of you not familiar with Arthur Pendragon, Druid King and Stonehenge defender, you're in for a treat. Arthur's story is one that is needed in these days when the people of Britain are being led into conflicts not of their choosing and are suffering at the hands of politicians and bureaucracy. Having faced racism and the worst that British society can offer, it is no small relief to find this patriotic upholder of all the good things about being British. Long live the once and present King! Highly recommended.'
--Tania Ahsan, Prediction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
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  • Publisher: The Big Hand (16 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C9JNPO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trials of Arthur 21 Mar 2012
By Aimee
Format:Paperback
An inspirational biographic account of a very interesting man and lifestyle, you will not want to put it down. I was actually sad when it ended! Great for anyone with an interest in paganism, particularly Druidism, Arthurian mythology, Stonehenge, protest, identity and meaning making.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur Returns 15 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Brilliant Book detailing the return of England's Ancient Leader, King Arthur in person, hearty and heartfelt account full of derring do and of down to earth Druidery, wether real or no, King Arthur has risen to meet the challenges before him with delight and good humor, recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he a lunatic? Or the Once and Future King? 22 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having been active on the pagan scene myself for getting on towards 25 years, I've long been aware of Arthur Pendragon, and although I've never met the man personally I've always had the sense that he was a bit of a prat. And an exceptionally arrogant one at that! I mean, what kind of inflated ego or deranged mind would dare to proclaim himself to be the reincarnation of the Once and Future King? Actually this book surprised me - Arthur acknowledges that he must seem a bit of a lunatic. How could he not? That aside, he also comes across as deeply committed to his causes, be they access to Stonehenge, the road protest movement, environmentalism, freedom of religious expression and the like. Boisterous, opinionated, earthy and yes, a bit arrogant, beneath all the bluster he comes across as really quite likeable. Maybe not the kind of guy you'd want to invite round for a polite social occasion, but essentially a good, well meaning and decent man.

Where the book scores highly is in the insight it provides into the road protest movement of the 1990's, the Stonehenge exclusion zone and counter culture generally. Littered with Bikers, Druids and New Age travellers with exotic names like the Orc, Mog Ur Kreb Dragonrider, Steve the Bard and the Whippet, The Trials of Arthur is always an entertaining read. The characters may seem strange to muggles, but nonetheless they are passionately dedicated to a better way of life. You may not agree with them, or even understand their way of thinking, but you'll be hard pressed not to like them.

The writing style is quirky and unpolished, much like Arthur himself, and some of his anecdotes definitely have a personal spin on them, which might not accord precisely with the public record of events!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being King Arthur 19 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What would make a man believe he was the reincarnation of the legendary King Arthur? What would it take for that man, who was born John Timothy Rothwell, to change his name by deed-poll and give up his secure and 'normal' way of life to live as a modern-day version of that king? You can find out in The Trials of Arthur.
This book takes you right into the very strange but very inspiring life of Arthur Uther Pendragon and how he became a druid chief and an eco-warrior, of how he found the modern-day Excalibur, of how he gathered a band of supporters, knights and ladies sworn to the Ancient Virtues of Truth, Honour and Justice. It details his many campaigns and skirmishes with the law, the many times he was arrested for breaking the so-called "exclusion zone" around Stonehenge, and the protest camps like Twyford Down. It tells the tale of a man doing his utmost to save the land from the forces of destruction in Britain's "time of greatest need".
Being a very colourful character in dress and behaviour has meant that Arthur has often featured in stories in the newspapers and been a guest on TV programmes too. He has used his media-celebrity status as a platform for getting his message out. But it is not always an easy life being a modern version of King Arthur and this book looks at many of the trials and ordeals he has faced. It looks at how he has always stood his ground and often won in the end.
The Trials of Arthur is often humorous, fast-paced, and at the same time philosophical. There is an undeniable magic in Arthur's life that is very hard to ignore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trials of Arthur 2 Mar 2013
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It is hard to find such a real revelation of a book as beautifully written and informative as The Trials of Arthur, and not what was expected at all. There are interesting stories about the Druids, bikers, nature, tree protesters and lots of other stuff along the way in a style that is enjoyably lively. King Arthur is, of course, the star of the show and what a wonderfully determined character he is - you just want to keep reading and hear about the next Arthurian saga!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An existential tale of extraordinary folk 5 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A witty combination of poetry and polemic about Arthur Pendragon, self declared King of the Britons.
He stands in marked contrast to the generally acknowledged Royal Family; he takes no money from the State and lives in a caravan.
This is a fascinating, thought provoking read, charting the life to date of a remarkable man, an 'Idylls of the King' for the Twenty-First Century. Arthur's struggles to obtain public access to Stonehenge at the Solstice, taking on the might of the State during the most repressive period of recent British History is a worthy addition to the Arthurian legend. Given the choice, I think I might prefer to give my allegiance to Arthur instead of the Windsors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 Nov 2013
By J. Turner TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
A fascinating read, this book paints a picture of a man who really does walk his talk. There are not many holds barred, and few apologies. The man known as king Arthur is both a complex and simplistic character. He is also a man on a mission. Just read it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars An overhyped book about a drunken lout
Regrettably this is an overhyped book about a drunken lout who regularly staggers around Britain's Sacred Sites completely toasted, swearing his head off. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neil S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Madness and the Magic..
This is a classic.
It will stand the test of time because its a story that grabs you and holds you in its rough and ready clutch and does not let go. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chapel Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Honour and Justice...not a bad way to live!
I've been a fan of CJ Stone's writing since stumbling across his book 'Fierce Dancing' in the Bakewell bookshop around twelve years ago. I was entranced. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anne Garage
5.0 out of 5 stars (r)evolutionary, humorous and deep
Regardless whether you believe in reincarnation or not, John Rothwell makes for a convincing Arthur Pendragon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Book Fiend
4.0 out of 5 stars A real joy to read.
I have read several of Stone's books and once again he pulls it off. He balances critical observation with respect for an alternative radical community. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wes McLachlan
5.0 out of 5 stars My No1 Read for 2012
I actually meet this Arthur Pendragon several years ago in a pub at Avebury.
The book captures the character accurately, Is he a loony well he claims to be? Read more
Published 19 months ago by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted To Hate it, But I Cannot...
I saw the author post a link in some group on Facebook for a mere 2 quid. Come to find out that offer was only for people in the UK. Since I'm in Sweden I have to go to Amazon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Leidig Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Arthur!
Loving CJ Stone's work. I have followed him since the days he used to write for the Guardian newspaper with his Housing Benefit Hill articles. Read more
Published 19 months ago by oztvc
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trials of Arthur: Revised Edition
Magical!
A very well written and interesting journey of discovery and growth can be found between the pages of this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ali Bevan
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