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The Trials of Arthur: The Life and Times of a Modern-day King Paperback – September 25, 2003

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'Am I alone in thrilling to 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 pack of them tomorrow and replace them with a single Royal, Spiritual and Political leader -- King Arthur.' (Evening Standard)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd.; First Edition edition (September 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007121148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007121144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,580,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leidig Lars on July 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.com for my Kindle books (which is stupid & irritating) but once at the US site the price was over $8.00 - I asked the author about that discrepancy but he did not respond. With the current exchange rate it should have been just a bit over $3.00. It hacked me off, so I paid the high price thinking to destroy this book in a review. I cannot.

This book was awesome from page one and never let up. It had me grinning so much my face hurt, with more than a few out loud laughs. The way he drew this modern-day King Arthur was just flat out perfect. So, instead slamming over the price, I'm saying it was well worth it, and I hope he gives us some other books. I'd even like to see the continuing adventures of this extremely likable King in Druid's clothing. Five Stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri on August 12, 2012
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What a brilliant read this was!
I live in South Africa, so am pretty far removed geographically from the stage of this tale. But no one is removed from the book's message: that the Earth is under threat from us, that good people exist who are fighting for Her, and that it's entirely possible that the spirit of Arthur of Britain is presently animating an ex-biker named John Rothwell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JCBiker on November 22, 2012
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It was nice to get some insight into Arthur's life. The writing was good and I could see him daring "the man" to arrest him over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chapel Witch on October 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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. And you won't want it to.
You'll want to stay with it because it will command you to from every page. It will hold you under its spell until you get to the end and the bubble bursts.
And you won't want it to.
Because you will have laughed and cried and felt the Magic and not have wanted it to end...But it does.
But somehow, something stays with you.
A kind of wonder I suppose.
What else to say?
Buy the damn thing and go see the film...
It deserves every success that's coming to it.
Well done to the authors. Blinding job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Garage on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of CJ Stone's writing since stumbling across his book 'Fierce Dancing' in the Bakewell bookshop in Derbyshire around twelve years ago. I was entranced. I'd finally found someone who wrote about the world that I'd been fascinated by long before my first Glastonbury festival when I was sixteen. I'd watched documentaries about New Age Travellers on TV, read about the Donga tribe of road protesters and listened to my tape of 'Levelling the Land' by the Levellers as if it was sacred. Twenty years later, I've got myself a part-time place in that world, volunteering on festival crews and writing about underground counter-culture. However, CJ Stone was really immersed in that life and brought it alive, writing about the inspiring power of the road protest movement, as well as pointing out its failings and the ridiculous beliefs of people who take all that "tofu welding" a bit too seriously! He's always had a talent for portraying the eccentric characters of the "alternative" world, including their failings, such as refusing to buy their own beer, making them really come off the page.
That's why CJ Stone was just the right person to write the biography of Arthur Pendragon, the main who claims to be the reincarnation of King Arthur. I've owned this book since it was first published and have read it several times in its original format. The Kindle version adds to the spiritual dimension of the book. I even lent it to my mum, who met King Arthur at an Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge, where she was volunteering with the National Trust. We've both become pagans, in a quiet way (no cloaks!), and it's partly thanks to this book that I spent a rainy summer solstice at Avebury stone circle a few years ago, hoping to spot King Arthur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Fiend on September 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
(r)evolutionary, humorous and deep

Regardless whether you believe in reincarnation or not, John Rothwell makes for a convincing Arthur Pendragon.

He starts off as a cider swigging biker with an outlaw motorcycle gang looking for trouble when he begins to question the authorities regarding their anti pagan stance. Anyone who has enjoyed The Mists of Avalon will be able to draw parallels between Arthur and our modern day hero who has a knack for attracting a faithful group of people into his orbit, and who turns up at the right time and place to fearlessly fight for the good cause, more often successful than not.

We also meet CJ Stone and see how his life coincides with Arthur's and as it's very hard to talk about this book without including spoilers so let me just say that it's written in the typical CJ Stone voice: (r)evolutionary, humorous and deep. What else do we want from a book? An original read if you are into paganism and question the mess our world is in. An inspiring read if you want to make a difference and wonder how!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. F. James on September 6, 2012
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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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