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The Lost Queen – a novel

September 2018

Unlike Alice Roberts and Ian Hislop (see below) the novelist Signe Pike has looked at the latest evidence – Finding Arthur and Finding Merlin - and produced what, by all accounts, is an excellent novel, about Languoreth, the twin-sister of the man called Merlin.

I have not yet read The Lost Queen, but I heard today, from an Oregonian friend, whose opinion I hold in high regard, that The Lost Queen is ‘good.’ (Good, in this context, means excellent. My friend is not given to hyperbole, on the contrary…)

Arthur and ‘Merlin’ were historical figures.

Then they were fictionalised, by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory, and innumerable others.

Then I brought them back into history. Now they have, following an honourable tradition, been fictionalised by Signe Pike.

Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory and now, Signe Pike.

Alice Robert’s

King Arthur’s Britain: The Truth Unearthed

BBC Sept. 2018

Last week a friend texted me to tell me about a BBC TV programme which, he said, would identify Arthur – King Arthur’s Britain: The Truth Unearthed.

I thought – no, it won’t identify Arthur - and I was right.

There is a big difference between King Arthur’s Britain, which is what the programme was really about, and the historical Arthur.

The bit of Arthur’s Britain we got, was the wrong bit, the south and not the north.

The big find, revealed at the end (and described as ‘astonishing’ and ‘exciting’ and ‘incredible’ and ‘precious') was a stone, found at Tintagel that had some names cut onto it.

Not one of these names had anything to do with any Arthur.

Imagine the fuss there would have been if they had discovered the stone from which an historical Arthur really did take a sword.*

The stone from which the historical Arthur really did take a sword is not in the south but in the north, on the summit of Dunadd hillfort, Argyll, Scotland. It does not need to be unearthed. There is a photo on this website.

King Arthur's Britain concluded with everyone agreeing that Arthur didn’t exist and that he was simply made up. This is a reasonable conclusion if, like Prof Alice Roberts, you (a) rely upon evidence, and (b) insist upon looking for Arthur in the wrong country.

*No ‘magic’ was involved in the taking of the sword from the stone.

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days

BBC April 2018

Ian Hislop’s Arthur is a Hero for All Times, although, Ian says, Arthur probably never existed.

Ian says the earliest references to Arthur have him in Wales in the early 6th c.


(See above re looking in the wrong place. It is even worse if you look in the wrong time.)

The earliest reference to Arthur is in the poem Y Gododdin, written c. 600 CE, in Edinburgh. That is, Y Gododdin was written four years after and 25 miles to the east of where I say, in Finding Arthur, Arthur died in battle.*

The legendary Arthur is said to have died at a place called Camlann.

The hisitorical Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, died at a place that today is called Camelon.

* The Annales Cambriae & Nennius were both compiled much later. Gildas did not mention Arthur directly. All three of them point to a northern Arthur.




-About the author

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, Scotland.

Merlin and Arthur are obviously connected, as are 573CE and 574CE.

Once I understood the Merlin-Arderydd-Arthur-Dunardy connections, I looked for other evidence, and found it, until, I could prove beyond reasonable doubt that Merlin and Arhur were men of Scotland.


Adam Ardrey is an Advocate living near Glasgow, Scotland. He is married and has three children.

FINDING MERLIN was published by Mainstream, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2007, and by Overlook, NY, USA in 2008 and is available as an Audible audio-book.

FINDING ARTHUR was published by Overlook, New York, USA. and by Duckworth, London, in 2013.

Both are also available in paperback.


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