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[fwd] Arthur in the dock!!! (fwd)

Poster: James and/or Nancy Gilly <KatieMorag@worldnet.att.net>

>From: David Walter Fortin <dfortin@GLADSTONE.UOREGON.EDU>
>To: Multiple recipients of list MEDIEV-L <MEDIEV-L@UKANVM.BITNET>
>Subject: Arthur in the dock!!! (fwd)
>Date: Wed, 16 Apr 97 03:19:05 +0000
>Just goes to show that not all of the 'more intriguing people' are
>from the US.
>Dave Fortin
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 17:05:27 -0400
>From: Arthurnet <jshoaf@clas.ufl.edu>
>Reply-To: ArthurNet Mailing List <ARTHURNET@morgan.ucs.mun.ca>
>To: ARTHURNET@morgan.ucs.mun.ca
>Subject: Arthur in the dock!!!
>From: reh1@cornell.edu (Richard elGuru[tm] Howland-Bolton)
>Subject: Re: Arthur lived/s...
>This MUST belong on one of the current threads! This one or perhaps
>Arthurian kitsch?
>It's from the Electronic Telegraph <http://www.telegraph.co.uk>, Issue 690
>(Tuesday 15 April 1997)
>ARTHUR Pendragon, titular head and chosen chief of the Loyal Arthurian
>Warband, Druid, official swordbearer to the Secular Order of Druids, and
>reincarnation of the Celtic chief known as Arthur, has lost his sword and
>                     A magistrate refused to order that Excalibur be
>returned to the prospective parliamentary candidate for Aldershot yesterday
>after he appeared, in full druidic robes, at Bow Street, charged with
>possession of a three-foot-long broadsword in a public place.
>                     Pendragon, whose white tunic was embroidered with a
>bright red dragon, his druidic emblem, had been arrested in London during
>violent disturbances on Saturday.
>                     He had refused bail afterwards as he would not be
>parted from his weapon, a sword with a gold-plated pommel, although he
>stressed it had not been unsheathed and only ever left its scabbard for
>ritual purposes.
>                     Pendragon, 43 and with flowing, greying hair, sat
>impassively in the dock as the stipendiary magistrate, Nicholas Evans,
>considered the matter. After the hearing, and now in full regalia with a
>horn tucked in his belt and an iron circlet around his head holding a
>dragon on his brow, Pendragon said he would try to go to the High Court to
>get Excalibur back.
>                     "I am a swordbearer and without my sword I am
>nothing," he said. "I'm supposed to be at Manchester airport next Sunday
>for an earth healing ritual. I won't be able to take part now."
>                     With his "lady" by his side, a Druid priestess known
>as Ellie, he added that he had accepted bail only because he had to hand in
>his nomination papers for the general election by tomorrow.
>                     "If it comes to trial I will be subpoenaing the chief
>constables of Wiltshire, Hampshire, Avon and Somerset and Thames Valley in
>my defence. They have all given me permission to carry my sword as a
>ceremonial object in the past."

James and/or Nancy Gilly


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