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Guinevere and the Siege Perilous

Guinevere and the Siege Perilous

(The second book in the Badbury Tales series)
A novel by

"Yet some men say in many parts of England that King Arthur is not dead, but has by the will of our Lord Jesu into another place."
Sir Thomas Malory Le Morte d'Arthur 1470

If Merlin, Guinevere, Morgan le Fay, Launcelot,
Galahad, Camelot and The Round Table are stripped
away, we are left with a sixth-century military figure
who displayed outstanding courage and skill. He
inspired other men to join him (perhaps as a powerful
cavalry force) to drive back the pagan Saxon invaders
when the Romans had abandoned the Romano-British
population in the previous century. This marked the
beginning of the Dark Ages.
Arthur and his men were fighting as patriots and not
just for the money paid by local rulers to be protected
from the invaders. In twelve decisive battles, Arthur
held the Saxons back for some forty years.
In the centuries that followed, many fanciful stories
about Arthur were added and brought together by
Sir Thomas Malory in Le Morte d'Arthur, which he
completed in 1470. It was published in 1485 on the
first English printing press, introduced by William

What if King Arthur were to awaken and slip silently into twenty-first century Britain, concerned still for good to conquer evil - would you believe it? Most great leaps forward in our history take place when people ask the "What if?" question and find the answer.
King Arthur, wakened by a potholer retrieved Excalibur, gathered his knights and then roused Britain from gloom and recession. Once more chivalry was set above self-interest as people rallied to a cause greater than themselves. Refusing to be divided by class or colour, they search for the Holy Grail.

Book one of the Badbury Tales, a novel entitled
'Return of the Raven', describes how two teenagers
stumble accidentally upon a large underground
chamber at Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hill fort in
Dorset. Inside, they discover a group of sixth-century
warriors in deep slumber. Unknown to them they
have been followed into the chamber by an elderly
man who rouses the warriors from their long sleep.
An inspired adventure ensues; one where chivalry
and honour are revived. Although this book is the
sequel to the 'Raven', it actually begins six months
before the events in book one. In case you wonder
what the last two words of the book's title mean, it
is an ancient description which in modern language
would translate as 'the Dangerous Chair (or Seat)'.

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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Guinevere and the Siege Perilous: A Badbury Tale (The Badbury Tales)
Author(s): Philip Elston
ISBN: 0-9551886-9-5 / 978-0-9551886-9-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: MPress
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Guinevere and the Siege Perilous (The Badbury Tales Book 2)
Author(s): Philip Elston
Publisher: MPress Books (UK) Limited
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