The Trials of Arthur: The Life & Times of a Modern Day King

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 an 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.

“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

“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 Trials of Arthur, by Arthur Pendragon and CJ Stone, was originally published by Thorsons Element in 2003.  It is republished by The Big Hand as a free ebook and a new paperback (available Summer Solstice 2010, ISBN 978-0-9564163-6-0).  A sequel is currently being written and will be published on the Summer Solstice 2011.

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  • 1. CJ Stone interview « The Big Hand  |  April 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

    […] The Trials of Arthur tells the story of how a biker and ex-squaddie decided that he was King Arthur and that his quest was to free Stonehenge from the government’s exclusion zone. This he eventually achieved – after first finding Excalibur, being crowned a Druid King and being arrested over 30 times.  It is an extraordinary book and, as its co-author CJ Stone is currently hammering away at a sequel, it seemed time to ask him to explain himself.  To that end, John Higgs, the author of I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary, tracked him down and spoke to him at length: […]

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  • […] and look here for more information about the book – or download the complete ebook and read it for […]

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  • 3. celestial elf  |  June 15, 2011 at 6:07 am

    This is such an inspirational book, full of good humor and down to earth Druidery, strongly recommended to everyone !

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  • […] ”The Trials of Arthur” Arthur Pendragon and CJ Stone. […]

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  • 5. Philip Hilton  |  March 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The rightful King of Britain

    In our modern age of fast food and even faster lives, we have lost touch with much that makes us who we are, or who we used to be, before industrialisation stamped its iron boot on the land and its people. Before our enslavement to the age of technology and time restrictions, our outlook was very different. I imagine that most people when they first see King Arthur Pendragon, will have an instant reaction and not a good one. We are taught what to believe in, and right from wrong, in our civilised society. Arthur doesn’t fit into these teachings at all. This man with a beard, carrying a sword and walking about proclaiming himself to be a king, well he can’t be, can he? When we think of the classic image of King Arthur, the one we read about, or perhaps watch in numerous films, from Knights of the Round Table to Excalibur, we see a man of high ideals and virtues. A man walking his talk, willing to put himself in front of any threat to his people. He is always portrayed as a flawed man, but an honest and true one. He carries his sword into battle and rides his horse towards his destiny.

    Our modern day Arthur Pendragon and yes that is his real name, changed by deed poll many years ago, has the same traits which we admire in the old tales of Arthur and his knights. Yes our Arthur rides a motor bike and used to ride with biker gangs. He was once a soldier and a good one serving his country and being offered a commission. If we take a moment to reflect on the famous ‘Once and future king’ we will realise that beneath that Hollywood gloss lurks a Dark Age monarch who would have had to have been a fearless fighter, tough and loyal riding into battle with his band of knights, wild and rough around the edges. This then could very well be a description of our modern King and yes he does have his knights, The loyal Arthurian Warband, all sworn to truth, honour and justice and all raised under the sword Excalibur. He even has the sword, but I won’t spoil that story, for that you will have to read the book.

    Arthur Pendragon’s story is a unique tale of modern daring, adventure and one of fighting for what is right, all too often in the face of unjust laws, rules and petty politics. Is every word written in this book a fact? I wouldn’t think so and I don’t think it matters. What does matter, is that here we have a modern myth for our times, a legend worthy of Malory. The heart of a legend is not to be found within it pure truth, but in its ability to inspire those who come in contact with it and Arthur’s modern legend is just that, nothing short of inspirational. His battle cry of “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” Is also the stuff of legend. But don’t think for one minute that this is simply a book full of stories isolated from the people of Britain, for nothing could be further from the truth. Along with Arthur’s story, is a catalogue of his war on injustice and this is backed up by facts and dates. These include his numerous court appearances and jail time, spent because of his refusal to back down when confronted by anything he believes in his heart to be wrong. He is a true man of his people, for his people. A warrior King.

    Did I mention that Arthur is a Druid and spiritual warrior of peace, his sword only leaves its scabbard for ceremonial purposes, believes he is the reincarnation of ‘that’ King Arthur and was crowned King during a traditional coronation ceremony? No, well in that case you now have three more very good reasons to read this book. There are many stories concerning Arthur returning to Britain, when his people were in need. Given the royal leadership of this country and its government steeped in corruption and in-fighting, this is a ripe moment for our Once and future King. Given his example, courage, loyalty and genuine love of these lands, I hail Arthur Pendragon as my King.

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