King Arthur and His Knights
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King Arthur and His Knights

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King Arthur was a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th century, who according to the medieval histories and romances, led the defense of the Romano-Celtic British against the Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. This book gives an account of the life of this great legend of all times.
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Published April 1st 2011 by Syed Arshad Gillani (first published January 1st 1961)
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Althea Ann
Highly recommended for fans of Arthurian lore.

Inspired by the 19th century popularity of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King (the introduction makes much of the author’s friendship with Tennyson), this retelling is based on Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. I grew up on the Malory edition edited by Pollard (with Arthur Rackham’s wonderful illustrations), so these two books ought to be quite similar. Are they? Hmm. I haven’t read my old book in a while – though it’s now available free from archive.org: http...more
Veleda
I've joked that Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d'Arthur before they invented characterization, and James Knowles doesn't improve on that in his retelling. Characters do things without any deep sense of why they are doing those things. This is a very dry telling of Arthurian legend, with little emotional depth.

Nonetheless, Knowles's work contains many less well known pieces of Arthurian legend, and so is valuable for that. And of course it has many familiar and well loved stories. Worth reading if...more
MeriBeth
This book is a direct reprint of the original Knowles book which itself was a reworking or compilation of Sir Thomas Mallory's stories about King Arthur. One needs to know this fact right from the start of the book as the language and writing style is very old fashioned, slightly florid, and sometimes difficult to read. Still for those who love Arthurian literature, this book will be a very good resource as it is an unabridged collection of Mallory's tales as retold by Knowles. It was a very pop...more
Julio
Un libro aburrido. Cuenta la historia de Arturo y sus caballeros, es cierto, pero quitándole la historia que todos conocemos (y que es interesante) queda un 80% de ociosidad caballeresca (llamada aventura en el libro) en que los caballeros no tienen otra cosa que hacer que buscar camorra una y otra vez, mientras las damiselas, que juegan un miserable rol en toda la historia (qué diferencia con la excelente Nieblas de Avalón) sólo esperan ser salvadas o morir de amor. Me costó acabar.
Jenny
Excellent. , the illustrations are stunning .
David
If it was half as long it would be twice as good. Loved immersing myself in the world of Arthurian legend.

Plenty of good laughs in the book. The slow parts are more enjoyable if you imagine it is Monty Python.

Also fun to read all the iconic imagery and action sequences that are still being recycled today in books and movies.
William
Not wild about this book. It feels like the one-lined teasers that appear on foot of a newspaper's front page. Except, with a newspaper you can find the story when you want to. Knowles just tells the reader everything, one long transition that chips away at the story much like a Cliffs-Notes telling.

...moving on...
Kt
Fun to read these. Very dramatic. Lots of random slaying and distressed damsels. I like how the women are either helpless or sly sorceresses... what? It's interesting how similar some of the tales are to the retardedness of Monte Python and the Holy Grail...
Chris Vanhorn
this was a decent book... was not nearly as good as what I expected. a lot of the stories were vague on details and drawn out in other places.
John Gravenese
I read classics and required school reading once in a while to break up the fiction of today. Very violent. Old English content - kinda fun.
Zach
Not a bad book, and I like Arthurian myth but it was written a little dry, but it does give the full myths so that was nice
Becca M.
i love the whole knights in armor/adventuring thing, and im a big fan of king arthur stuff but this dragged in places
Karin
Whew...what with all the jousting and sleuthing it's a wonder anybody lived to tell the tale.Thank you Monty Python!
Kelly
I did enjoy this book even though it was very repetitive with the word 'yon' and damsels being rescued an awful lot.
Joe Votel
Read this book or I will smite you
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