THE TIMES had a half page about FINDING ARTHUR in its news section - 18th November 2013. In the news section! Half a page! Thank you The Times.
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY has a generous piece on FINDING ARTHUR - 17th November 2013.
I say again - who has more evidence going for him than Arthur Mac Aedan?
Despite what it says in Scotland on Sunday, I do not claim Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, pulled a sword from the stone of Dunadd - that would be daft.
I say Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, put his foot into the footprint cut into the stone of Dunadd (see GALLERY) while holding a sword, and then, holding a sword, stepped out of the footprint. When he did this he literally took a sword from a stone. This was later sexed-up and so we have the nonsensical, albeit wonderful, story of the sword and the stone everyone knows today.
FINDING ARTHUR - Overlook Pub. NY, USA & Duckworth Pub. London, UK, 2013.
Audio Book of Finding Merlin - Audible Books UK 2013.
VESTED INTERESTS - moved to BLOG.
THE JESUIT TOUCH - moved to BLOG.
The only image of an Arthurian battle-site (Bassas) now in the Gallery. Photographs of Camlann (Arthur's last battle) and Avalon are now in the Gallery. (Click on them to see them big.)
ENGLAND AND WALES AND FRANCE DO NOT HAVE AN ARTHUR OR, INDEED, ANYTHING ARTHURIAN THAT MAKES SENSE.
SCOTLAND HAS AN ARTHUR, ARTHUR MAC AEDAN: FOURTEEN ARTHUR BATTLES, ALL LOCATED AND DATED AND PUT IN CONTEXT; CAMELOT; AVALON; AND THE STONE FROM WHICH ARTHUR REALLY DID TAKE A SWORD.
NO MAGIC WAS INVOLVED IN TAKING THE SWORD FROM THE STONE.
ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME - plus...well...the lot.
The legendary Arthur is commonly presented as a Christian English King when, in reality, he was an historical figure, a man of the old way of the druids, a Scot and a warlord. Merlin too lived in history: he was the preeminent druid of the 6th century. Unlike Arthur, Merlin was too closely associated with the old ways of the druids to be Christianised and so he was 'made safe' by Christians who presented him as an old, avuncular, somewhat scatter-brained figure.
Merlin’s twin-sister, the equally important Gwyneth, known as Languoreth (The Golden One), the Lioness of Damnonia and the Swan-necked Woman, was all but written out of history, simply because she was a woman. Typical!
For 1,500 years the Christian Church and its temporal partners-in-power deleted historical evidence and fabricated a legend that, literally, suited their book.
There is an alternative.
In the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) it was said, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
The alternative is to print both.
No one cares about anyone else’s family history (and quite right too): and so it was that when I was researching my family name, Ardrey, I looked where no one else had looked and found what no one else had found.
I already knew that the earliest reference to Merlin had him at the battle of Arderydd, fought on the Scotland-England border in 573CE, and that the very next year the historical figure Arthur Mac Aedan was based at the hillfort of Dunardry [sic] in Argyll.
Adam Ardrey is an advocate living in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and three children. Finding Merlin is his first book.
If you haven't gotten and read "Finding Arthur" you're missing out on one of the great detective stories of the times!
Got the book yesterday and I am reading in my spare time...can't put it down. David Carroll sold me on a Scottish Arthur....and your book is right along those lines. Thank you for the hard work and research!
21st November 2013
…I greatly enjoy reading history books... Your first book really interested me as I fish on the… water between Drumelzier and Dawyk and had never realised until reading your first book that any of the references to Merlin in the area had any veracity. The key thing in your books for me is the encouragement to get out there and have a look for yourself… your books have got me… looking at the landscapes differently. My kids also love your books and we were recently on top of the Meldon Hills questioning why we have so little information on these places... your books are important as they provide a very different perspective to the hum drum stuff that's regurgitated in most books... I also think that people should own up to where their perspectives come from - so again your writing is very clear on the different ways that people have tried to create a fixed story to meet their own ends. The exciting thing is that you have opened up so many different avenues - some of your arguments are more convincing than others but this is as it should be…