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Rude Tales and Glorious: A Retelling of the Arthurian Tales

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Preface by Nicholas Seare, Professor Emeritus, The Other Cottage, Bettws-y-Coed, Caenarvonshire, 1967; an Apologia by Davydd ap Seare (Nicholas Seare), Clerke. Line drawings by William Bramhall. Internals fine-unmarked, uncreased, clean and clear pages. Text-block is clean, upper edge is slightly yellowed, rough cut. New York: Clarkson, Potter, Inc., Publishers, 1983 First ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published October 27th 1984 by Crown Pub. / Clarkson N. Potter (first published 1983)
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Since high school one of my favorite authors has been Douglas Adams. It seems satire is what I really like best. And satire with humor is better still. So Nicholas Seare is now in my upper echelon.

I easily gave this book the whole five stars (not even wishing for the ability to give 4 1/2) as it kept me entertained the entire way through. The humor was bawdy and the satire pervasive, but that is evident by the title.

I am going to make my husband read it then loan the book to my sister. I would
This was a chance find in the local library when I was 14 - probably the best age to stumble across it. I'd started reading the Flashman series at the time and was convinced this was the same author. The real author, Rod Whitaker, seems to be a whole story of his own...

It's a bawdy, extremely humorous tale, but there's an intelligence that makes this book one of my all-time favourites. To me, the author's confidence in his own ability with the English language puts him in the same league as Doug
Beyond Hilarious!

If you can read "The Feate of Sir Bohort" aloud to anyone without cracking up, you're not human.

Insane to think that this is also the author known as "Trevanian" who wrote the Eiger Sanction and other suspense novels under that name.
Kathryn McCary
Tales told over a winter's knight by two beggars who seek shelter in a castle in 14th century Wales. The sophomoric emphasis on bawdry considerably detracts from the pleasure one can derive from the author's juggling with the frametale devices.
A fantastically bawdy collection of Arthurian tales. I read this ages ago and it still sticks in my mind for such wonderful expressions like: "perfidious lickshit". It's not exactly a classic piece of literature, but it had me roaring with laughter.
Roger Paterson
Laugh out loud hilarious! In my opinion one of the funniest books ever written. It's a terrible shame that it disappeared in a haze of litigation between Whittaker and his it! Especially if you love the english language!
This crude send-up of the Arthurian legends was funny in an unsophisticated and earthy fashion. It made me laugh more than once, but ultimately it isn't as hilarious as it thinks it is. Too self-conscious by half.
Margot Fallen
Crude, lewd, and yes rude...and even a little glorious. This book is filled with colorful language and even more colorful characters. I was laughing the entire way through.
Doubtless hard to find, but so worth it if you can. If the writing doesn't have you peeing in your pants, the illustrations will. Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny!
One of the best books I have ever read. Rude, crude and absolutely hilariously lewd... One of the funniest books ever!
JD Carruthers
I really loved this satire. Recommended reading (for adults only).
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Lesser-used pen name of the author Rodney Whitaker, who primarily wrote under the name Trevanian.
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