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The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight (The Squire's Tales #6)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  2,221 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Ever since that tragic night when her mother and guardian were murdered, thirteen-year-old Sarah has been living on her own and searching for the knight who was responsible. Her quest for revenge leads to an even greater adventure when she witnesses Queen Guinevere being kidnapped. Soon Sarah finds herself accompanying Sir Gawain and Squire Terence on a remarkable journey ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 2004)
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Ah, Gerald Morris is back on safer ground here, sticking to what he understand -- Chrétien and Malory. Well, you have to be a bit of an ass, to my mind, to dismiss one of Chrétien's works as a "clinker", and as I recall Chrétien never finished the tale in question himself, so...

In any case, Morris' shocking inability to research aside, this one is quite fun and Lady Sarah is a fun character. There are quite a few strong, positive female characters in this one, which made it that bit more fun, an
Apr 10, 2012 Miss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel words are the right way to transmit my feelings about this book.

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Turning to this:


Summarized by these:




And people say perfection doesn't exist.


5 stars
(More like 3.5 stars.)


I'm very fond of this series in general. They stick close to the more well-known versions of these tales (particularly the crazy-ass Chretien versions! yay!), but the author isn't afraid to put his own spin on things. I'm still amazed Morris made THE SWORD BRIDGE (I will never forget the all caps from the poem, never) sound vaguely plausible. Granted there was some magic involved, but Lancelot and Sarah being like "what the actual fuck?" about th
May 27, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh! I loved it I loved it I loved it!!!!!
What amazes me about this series so far is how every book is as good as the one before it. I have yet to be disappointed. Perhaps I will be, with the eventual climax I assume will have to come, but right now I have nothing but giggles and the sweet taste of a good book. Packed with action, adventure, awesome characters...can you ask for more?
I suppose one might say a romance but whenever Morris adds a romance it is generally oddly take my word f
Sep 14, 2013 Rusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-ya
She is just thirteen when she sees Queen Guinivere kidnapped. Having met the kind queen and the knight accompanying her, Sarah realizes that her new friends what has happened. Alone, since her mother was murdered, Sarah understands that the knight asking her to report the kidnapping to Arthur so she travels to Arthur's camp.

Sarah's adventures begin as she accompanies knights to rescue Guinevere. Viewed through her eyes, we see a different view of Arthur, Guinivere, and some of the knights of the
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
Well, this was Book 6 of The Squire’s Tales series and I can confidently say that so far I love the whole series. There is no ‘bad’ book in Gerald Morris’ retellings of the Arthurian legends; they’re all great.

Although from the summary I expected Sarah to be a typical girl empowerment character, that was far from the truth. Her actions make sense and her character arc is gradual, but very powerful. Just as a warning to younger readers, let me say that this book is more graphic than the others an
Dec 21, 2016 Audry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great as always. This series is a marvelous read. In this one, Sarah has significant trials, and learns do much about who she is inside.
Closure for Sir Lancelot.
Sarah's mother and caretaker, a Jewish cloth merchant, were killed because of hatred of Jews. So Sarah made a vow to avenge their deaths by seeking out the knight who prompted the villagers to kill them. But first she needs a sword. Opportunity strikes when she crosses paths with Sir Kai and Queen Genievere. She attempts to steal Sir Kai's sword, but when she is caught, instead of harming her for stealing, Kai gives her a sword made for his son and teaches her the basics
Jun 11, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Returning to top form, Morris sends a young orphan on a quest that teaches her the emptiness of vengeance as she frees an entire kingdom from an enchantment (which involves crossing a bridge that is the edge of a super sharp sword--a notably suspenseful endeavor), saves Arthur's realm from a rebellion, both helps and is helped by Sirs Kai, Gawain and Lancelot along with other members of the merry crew, and performs all manner of heroic deeds including some with a sword.

Notable passages:

"At that
Oct 23, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, fiction
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This was the only Morris book on the shelf the day I needed some good Arthurian escapism, which is why I own it. Unfortunately, it concentrates on Lancelot rather than Gawain, who is my great love in Arthurian legend; Morris has been turning away from Gawain in his last few books, which is a damn shame -- he writes him brilliantly, and his character Terence, Gawain's squuire, is a marvelous creation. The scenes in this in which they appear are the best in the whole novel, not least because they ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortunately this one, number six in the Squire's Tale series, snaps right back to the light hearted wit and twisting of genre conventions that has been the author's strength. In this case, the wit is set aside for a while in the middle of the story to concentrate on plot, a common occurrence that is forgivable because the plot is intense and engaging. We finally get to see Sir Lancelot again, and he's much wiser and humbler since we last saw him. Most of the prominent characters from books 1-4 a ...more
Jennifer Heise
May 12, 2014 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytales
This retelling has of course a bunch of elements that aren't in the original versions (a young heroine named Sarah, a bunch of magic princes, and some friendly fairies) but it's a very good modern read. When orphaned Sarah tries to steal Sir Kai's sword to wreak vengeance on those who instigated the murder of her family, he takes pity on her, gives her a sword and teaches her to use it-- and when he and the lady he is escorting are fallen upon by a recreant knight and kidnapped, he sends her for ...more
Sinthia Martinez
Mar 25, 2013 Sinthia Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I've yet to read any of the other books in the series, but I have nothing but love for this book. I haven't been reading as much as I used to and I'm glad this was the book I decided to read. I am not at all well versed in Arthurian legend besides a few books I read when I was younger involving Merlin, some movies, and the story of Sir Gawain an the Green Knight, but it didn't really matter. This book, with it's wonderful story and strong female characters, gave me a great time. Much better than ...more
Jennifer Griffith
This was a diverting retelling of an Arthurian era legend. The heroine was great, and she did some unexpected things, learning some unexpected lessons. While there tended to be more telling than showing in some sections, and places where a more detailed description of the "world" would have helped me (like the Sword Bridge) imagine better, overall it was a nice, quick YA fiction read.

I'm looking for books for my kids to read, and I'm glad I previewed this author. I feel comfortable steering them
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Jane Maree
Sep 20, 2015 Jane Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read another of these books I remember just how hilariously funny they are. Sarah is a great protagonist, and her struggles and pains are well written and real. I loved her character development, what with all the revenge business. Jean was pretty cool, and I never expected who he actually was. One of my favourite factors was that I got to read about Terence from someone else's point of view. That was cool. This series is very quoteable and memorable, page turning and funny. It make ...more
Dec 25, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit grimmer than the previous five books in the series, but still a fun read. I do seem to have trouble keeping track of all the side characters who pop up in multiple books. I need an index of characters or something to remind myself :). I did appreciate the genealogy chart in the afterword of this one. I was confused about whether Morgan le Fay was Arthur's niece or cousin or what. (She was his half-sister.)
Sep 03, 2013 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly liked that the main character is a girl. Now, I know that there is a lady in The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, but it's just her point of view. She's not exactly the main character. In this book, the main character is the girl, and- especially important for me- she doesn't fall for any of the guys. I just like this girl. Maybe not as funny as his other books, but it's made up for in sheer goodness.
Sep 06, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son finished reading this to us last night. It was another exciting retelling of an Arthurian romance with a darker tone as the main character is seeking vengeance for the death of her mother and becomes entangled in the kidnapping of Guinevere and Kay and then their rescue. Sarah changes and matures while questing with Gawain, Terence, and Lancelot with some timely assistance from Morgan Le Fey. Enjoy.
Sarah Eisele
Apr 13, 2013 Sarah Eisele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Perhaps my favorite of the Squire's Tales series (since the first two...or three, hmm, I do love them all), this book has adventure, humor, warmth, and a very satisfying ending -- YAY Gerald Morris!! I love this series (although we all know it ends badly -- and I prefer not to read the last two over when I re-read the rest) and wish the wondrous sneaky Squire/Duke of Avalon would just step on out of the pages of my book and into the real world!
Sep 11, 2012 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lighthearted
More 3 1/2 than just 3. For some reason, it is my least favorite so far. I loved the development of Jean from the ninny he was in the earliest books to a far more believable character in the last few. Sarah was a bit too much like the previous female heroines on these novels--quick to anger, sharp-tongued but capable. Don't get me wrong, I much prefer heroines with these characteristics, but she could easily be any of the previous girls, making her a bit repetitive and unoriginal.
Sep 13, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good. It is also my second time reading this. This is a very interesting book about the times of King Arthur. This book is about a girl whose mother and guardian were killed and she goes out to seek revenge, and ends up on a quest, making a lot of friends, and having adventures of her own.
Francesca Scanlan
Wow! I think that this is possibly my favourite one in the series so far. So many strong female characters, and, well... girl power! I also love the character development going on with Lancelot too. I now now like him almost as much as Gawain (who I just happen to be slightly in love with). Well done Gerald Morris!
Mar 30, 2013 Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little lower on the four star scale.

I feel like this plot is simply overused. There are millions of people looking for revenge. I don't see Sarah as a new and interesting addition to the Arthurian cast.

However I still grew to care for her over the book, and the action in this book was quite exciting.
Jun 15, 2009 Duzzlebrarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of a loosely connected series of children's books, based on the medieval Arthur stories, especially Mallory, dusted off and polished nicely for the 21st Century. If you know the originals, you can instantly tell where in the saga you are, if not, it's self-contained enough that you can just enjoy the story.
Very surprising that Morris would choose to rewrite the ONLY adventure of a knight he doesn't like that much (Lancelot). But this one was more fun than even I thought it would be. Rock on Gerald Morris.
Oct 23, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the darker stories in the series, but still a good, enjoyable read. I appreciated the author's inclusion of the fact that not everything in this time (even a fantasy, children's story version of the time) was magic and fun adventures when he included the murder of an elderly Jewish man.
Yet another good one: Sarah (13), bent on revenge against those who burned her innocent mother for a witch, falls in with a surprisingly talented woodcutter (Sir Lancelot) to save the kidnapped Sir Kai and Queen Guinevere.
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Gerald Morris is an award-winning author, best known for his retellings of Arthurian legends for preteen and teen readers.

His first series, called The Squire's Tales, focuses primarily on a squire named Terence, alongside his knight, Sir Gawain. Whilst these two characters remain in the series, the majority of the later books introduce new protagonists. As the series progresses, the tone becomes d
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Other Books in the Series

The Squire's Tales (10 books)
  • The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales, #1)
  • The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady (The Squire's Tales, #2)
  • The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf (The Squire's Tales, #3)
  • Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales, #4)
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“The next day brought more visitors. Sarah was eating a simple luncheon with Charis, Ariel, and Guinevere and was experiencing for the first time in her life the pleasure of talking freely with other girls she trusted. It wasn't that they talked about anything of importance. Indeed, most of their conversation was hopelessly trivial- Mordecai would have shaken his head sadly over such frivolity, Sarah reflected with an inward smile. But to talk so openly, and to laugh so unrestrainedly, was somehow far more significant than any single thing that was said.” 11 likes
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