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Finding Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend of the Once and Future King

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An Arthurian mystery revealed! A new examination that will delight fans everywhere
Arthur, the greatest hero of the greatest story ever told, was a Captain of Kings who made his name leading Britons and Scots. APrinceA Arthur MacAedan, the Scottish Warlord, was the martial wonder of the sixth century, who won battle after battle against the invading Angles and represented
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 20, 2015 Lucrèce-Françoise rated it did not like it
To be honest, this book and the author who wrote it don't even deserve a rating period. While I don't have anything personal against Adam Ardrey, I do feel that in order to write a book of this nature, you've got to do an enormous amount of research and be passionate about your topic. While Ardrey shows his brilliance in some of the Scottish history that he tells us in this book, he makes himself sound extremely stupid and pathetic in telling his readers how he found out that Arthur was indeed a ...more
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So much wrong, I don't even know where to begin. I don't mean with the THEORY itself (because regardless what this guy would have you believe, it is still just a theory), but I mean the presentation, tone, so much. It was a gigantic struggle just to finish this by the last two chapters. I hardly got through the epilogue. I was so excited to find another Arthur book, I can't get enough. Unfortunately by page 53, I was already beginning
Over the course of this book the author lays out an intriguing, largely language-based argument for locating the historical figure of "King" Arthur in Scotland. I'm not at all familiar with any variety of Gaelic and so am in no position to critique the author's findings, but his linguistic and historical clues seem to add up. I hope other writers pick up this theory. I'd be very much interested in reading about it further.

The only real issue I had with the book was the author's repeated stressin
Jan 02, 2015 Janta rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
As other people have mentioned, the author seems to have a real axe (or two!) to grind against Christianity and against Britain. I really wanted to like this book, because I think it has an interesting theory, but the aggressive, argumentative nature of the writing was fairly off-putting.

Feb 14, 2017 Trisha rated it really liked it
Very readable and credible. Fascinating to think and believe that Arthur was Scottish. Loved it and want to visit there with this book as a guide
Apr 06, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
The author is a Scottish lawyer, and the book is insightful, intuitive, repetitive, redundant, and--did I already say redundant?
No beautiful quotes here; the book was apparently not edited for typos, punctuation, or repetition.
But it is still a fascinating story of the coverup and co-opting of the familiar story of King Arthur and the Round Table, rewritten to make the protagonist a king, a Christian, and a resident of southern England, especially Cornwall, in order to satisfy the Christian esta
Keyan Bowes
Sep 20, 2014 Keyan Bowes rated it liked it
I picked up this book as a giveaway ARC at Wiscon.

Overall, the book was worth the struggle to read it. The author's thesis is the the legend of King Arthur is based on a 6th century Scottish warrior, and the underlying conflict was Christianity's conquest of the Druid religion/ way of life. It's interesting to see how he maps the story as we've heard it to the underlying history and geography. I think I'd need to be much more expert to know if it's true (or sort of true) but it sounds plausible.
As others have noted, not the easiest read. The author is an attorney and (in my opinion) it is evident in his careful laying out of the facts. Often repetitive but ultimately I believe he successfully makes his case for the historical Arthur being from what is now Scotland. There were a few surprising humorous bits...on p.196, considering whether "Arthur" might not have been his proper name: "What if Arthur was a nickname and Bran-Brian was his real name? It was too awful to contemplate. I woul ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Cameron rated it really liked it
This book makes a good companion to Finding Merlin, as the two work in tandem to describe a historical perspective of Britain in the early dark ages. Events are logically described in contrast to the more fantastic written literature revolving around King Arthur, and claims he was in fact a Scot from Dalriada -- a kingdom comprising Northern Ireland and Western Scotland, and not hailing from a kingdom in southern Britain.
Dec 11, 2016 R.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit-reading
fascinating premise. But quiet repetitive.
Dry and repetitive
Krista Ivy
an intriguing look at the origins of king arthur and merlin. stepping out of fantasy and myth into the real world with historical context.
I read 70 pages, and got the gist. It was just a little too text-booky for my taste!
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