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Retold out of the old romances, this collection of Arthurian tales endeavors to make each adventure--"The Quest for the Round Table, " "The First Quest of Sir Lancelot, " "How the Holy Grail Came to Camelot, " and so forth--part of a fixed pattern that effectively presents the whole story, as it does in Le Morte D'Arthur, but in a way less intimidating to young readers. (A...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1919)
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Once and Future King by T.H. WhiteMary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy by Mary StewartLe Morte d'Arthur by Thomas MaloryThe Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Best Arthurian Fiction
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Once and Future King by T.H. WhiteMary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy by Mary StewartLe Morte d'Arthur by Thomas MalorySir Gawain and the Green Knight by Pearl Poet
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Kristina
I've had this book for awhile and am not shamed to admit that watching Merlin had pushed me into finally reading it.

Before I read it I'd already had some background knowledge on the tales of King Arthur, in which I knew of a lot of the knights and some of the tales. I also knew that it would be nothing like the television show, so I wouldn't let that deter you, if that's what you're hoping for. The tales may be old and written in an old way, but they're still fun to read nonetheless.

Roger Lancel...more
Lisalit
"After wicked King Vortigern had first invited the Saxons to settle in Britain and help him to fight the Picts and Scots, the land was never long at peace."

This version of the King Arthur legend is broken down into stories, following each of the Knights on their various journeys. It is easy to read, especially compared to L'Morte d'Arthur or even The Once and Future King. Based mostly on Mallory's work, this version also takes into account other sources and I always find the retellings fascinati...more
Bradley
A good spin on taking older arthur tales together I had never read before. Not bad. =)
Jeff
I have always loved hearing the stories of King Arthur and his knights. However, this is the first book that I have actually gotten through. I tried reading "The Once and Future King" but I was in a tough semester at school so I never finished it. This book wasn't as hard of a read as what I remember from other books that I have sampled. The chapters are broken up into much smaller stories or adventures. The book seemed to me more like a collection of short stories that were all related. I was r...more
Genevieve
This was my introduction, at the age of 5, when I was still just reading books on my own, to the stories of King Arthur. It was love at first sight, beginning with the arm in white samite rising out of the lake with Excalibur in hand on the cover of my old Puffin edition. I didn't understand all of the words (Roger Lancelyn Green's writing has a bit of a stylized archaic texture) but was fascinated nonetheless, and added some deliciously exotic-sounding words to my vocabulary. A formative influe...more
Authentic Hobbit
Focusing on the time of the reign of King Arthur, this book tells us the tale of the renowned King and his Knights of the Round Table. The story begins with the tale of how Arthur came to have the sword Excalibur, then tells us the adventures that follow. Over the course of the book, we are told of the adventures that have befallen King Arthur and his Knights over the course of Arthur's life. Green takes us on many of the adventures of the Knights of the Round Table also, such as Sir Gawain, Sir...more
Emily
For a long time I had always heard of a King Arthur, and I actually thought he was real, but then I heard of his wizard friend Merlin, and said...wait a minute... After that I was pretty sure that it was just a myth. Still I never knew what the whole deal with this King was. Finally I saw the Disney movie, The Sword in the Stone, and kind of got the gist of what the story was about. I knew it didn't end there so I went looking for a book called King Arthur. It took me almost an hour of research...more
wrench
I read this for uni.
Like, i don't hate King Arthur and whatnot, but this shit is pretty dull in the style of writing (think Aesop's or Grimm's).

It was written for kids in the 50s, so I'm interested to see how it will be used as a resource in the subject I'm doing, but probably defos would not have finished it if it wasn't prescribed for the subject.
A lot of the morals to these stories are really arse about backward to what you might think they ought to be, as the moral is most frequently not to...more
Livia
Reading 'King Arthur' was bittersweet. Part of the legend takes place in Cornwall, where my parents visited recently. The ending was sad, and King Arthur himself knew his tale would end in such a way. Why do events in life need to come to an end? Each character had to struggle with his responsibilities as a knight and human temptation. The ideals each knight of the roundtable had to live up to were almost super human.

The legend of King Arthur is well worth the read.
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)

It was alright but not good. If you're hoping to start reading Arthurian mythology, I suggest The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights. Steinbeck made the retellings fascinating and addictive, while Green droned on with boring, dull writing and made it difficult to enjoy.
rabbitprincess
My copy of this book is very battered and dog-eared, demonstrating just how much I read and loved it. A good introduction to King Arthur, and it turned out to be somewhat helpful when I read Le Morte d'Arthur in university. Having this background was rather useful.
Diego
I never quite knew the stories of King Arthur and his Knights. I knew little bits and pieces (parts I remember from middle school), but nothing significant. I am so glad I decided to read this.

What a magnificent tale! Plenty of action, mythology, deceit, romance, and wonder. The book is beautifully split up into 4 parts where we get to know how Arthur started his reign, his knights, the quest for the grail, and how Arthur met his end. For future reference, my favorite knight was Tristam. I also...more
Sheryl
Sep 04, 2012 Sheryl marked it as to-read
The kids expressed an interest in this story after seeing Monty Python - The Search for the Holy Grail. We've been reading this for a couple of nights now, and they seem to be enjoying it. Great! Gotta love when your kids are interested in the classics!
Jennifer Benninger
Love the stories, however, this was not my favorite telling of them. I did glean a new phrase to use around the house, though-- "That you shall know when you come thither!" (To use in response to "What do you want, Mom?")
Haley
where do I start with a book that I have such mixed feelings towards? I guess I will start with the dislikes. I didn't like the knights. The Knights basically betrayed Arthur and yet he kept calling him back after a series of betrayel. Secondly, I expected the Knights to go on different adventures but they all seemed to go on the same one to prove to Arthur they can be loyal. I would never trust anyone of the Knights after they slept with his beauty of a wife Guinevere. Also I did not like how n...more
Daniel Smith
It was great. I loved the characters, stories, and chapters. I ate up every story. There is no other book like this one. People who like actio and adventure should read this book.
Raggnat the Third
Jul 02, 2014 Raggnat the Third rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Raggnat the Third by: ThenSingsMySoul
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This book has to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. It has a good plot, good characters (with the exception of Lancelot and Guinevere), and good morals. Several times they mentioned Jesus. I liked that Christianity played a key part. That's hard to find nowadays. It never got too descriptive, but you still got a good sense of the setting and the characters. This was the first book to make me cry. It is also the first book to make me talk to the characters as I read, hoping they would...more
Anne
A knight leaves King Arthur's court, meets another knight, gets insulted very quickly over nothing and chops off the other knight's head. Rinse, repeat. It wasn't until book 3 that things became more interesting and had more of a lively storyline to it. Cheers to the author for collecting all the old stories and no doubtedly putting a lot of effort into it, but I think, and especially for a children's book, he did a poor job in making it look adventurous. The whole thing was just monotonous from...more
Jennifer
This was one of the books that I read aloud to Jefferson. But then someone else read him the last chapter and put it away, so I needed to go grab it and read the last chapter before I counted it. That actually happened months ago, but I didn't get around to that last chapter until just now.

Jefferson likes stories and games with knights and wizards, so I thought I should read him one of the originals. But when I started this with Jefferson, I thought I'd picked another miss, because it seemed so...more
brittany
I recently started watching the TV show Merlin which has caused me to become really interested in Arthurian legends. I had no knowledge other than what I got from the show and some like children books, so I thought this would be a good place to start rather than reading the original.

I loved reading about the knights and their adventures and learning about the people I've heard of before but knew nothing about. I mean who hasn't heard of King Arthur or Merlin or Launcelot?

I'm glad I read this. I...more
Jason Potrzeba
"Sir knight," said the hermit, '...you must deliver us also from a serpent which dwells near by in an ancient tomb"
Then Sir Launcelot took up his shield and said:
"What I may do to save you from evil that will I attempt with the help of God. Therefore bring me thither."

On a macro level, this book did a great job of touching on many quests and adventures of the Knights of the round table. Also a very good source for the origins and ending of Camelot.

The lay out of the different origins, lore and q...more
Luisa Mayer
Finished reading this to the short (for now) people a few days ago. After the initial confusion over all the smiting of heads, we loved it. It would have been helpful if I had thought to keep character notes inside the back cover. There were quite a few characters with very similar story lines, all involving damsels! The kids could keep things straight, but a few times they had to set me straight. Just remember....Morgana Le Faye....Pentecost. :)

There were lots of topics for discussion: chivalry...more
Alisha Marie
"Games of men exhaust me"...and so exclaims Morgan Pendragon (also known as Morgaine, Morgana, etc.) in the Starz retelling of King Arthur's tale, Camelot. And with those words I simply sum up my entire attitude while reading King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.

I haven't read many books about Arthurian legend (in fact, this is only my second), but I've seen it retold quite a few times in both movies and TV shows. I imagined that when I picked up a book that told the tales of King Arth...more
Scarlett
First of all, let's start with sdifao[vbasbgvoaspvhb[ps;akcf'deghpldhvolsavhgrp.
When you start reading a book like this, you never even expect to be able to go through with it, left alone to like it.
But here I am, in love with the whole thing, every little legend, every little fact. And I may say, my obsession with Britain has never been stronger.

But then again, it's not a normal book. You have Gawain, who is pretty gay (and considering that Gwaine is hot as hell...well, you get my point), Lanc...more
Laura
I had been looking for this book for a few months when I finally found it at a used book-sale. I was quite excited - I love the Arthurian time period (as well as the Crusades) and so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was a little disappointed. I expected the characters to be somewhat more distinguishable, but they basically all did the same thing (kill a ton of knights and break a curse) and were then pronounced the best knight in the kingdom. The repititious plots were a bit...more
Jack
This book is very exciting because this book was basically about heroism and how one can change everything in a society or a civilization. This book brought out tons of bravery and teamwork, in which this makes me wonder about how society was like in ancient Europe, Was there organization? Was there respect and kindness? and many other questions. This book brings to King Arthur and how he pulls the sword out of a stone, and then becomes "the chosen one for the story".After, King Arthur goes on v...more
Sally
This book is about the the glory, the life, the adventures of the Knights if the round table. Stories that doesn't sound realy or i can say the adventure. This book you might think it isn't real but let's just say it might be. Everything had started with the sword in the anvil and the birth of Authur. You see, Authur was a knight. One day his brother told Authur to go back home to fetch his sword. But the door was lock. Authur remember that there was a sword in the chruch yard and it was stuck t...more
Jacob
I was going to give this three stars, not because it isn't good, but because it's just not doing as well as other books by Green at its goal: providing a simplified and connected narrative to a series of legends. It's not Green's fault; there are simply too many stories to fit in a reasonable frame, but the result of trying to provide a solid foundation is that there are a lot of bare references where we hear a name but there's not enough time to flesh out the character.

About halfway through the...more
Elisabeth M
Nov 27, 2008 Elisabeth M rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Either a serious student of Arthurian Legend, or someone who likes to laugh at bad jokes.
Recommended to Elisabeth by: Powell's Bookstore
I would have expected more from one of the Inklings. For instance, a substantive love for the good would have been nice. Instead we have knights swearing by their peanut butter sandwiches that they will slay the churl whom they have just met; and only when that churl is bleeding the green fields red do they pause to say, "Hey, you're pretty cool. What's your name?"

The book is filled with damsels arbitrarily asking knights to kill people for them on the shaky grounds that these human beings are...more
Eleanor Hume
Young Arthur Pendragon claims his place as rightful King of Britain with the help of the good sorcerer Merlin. For a while after becoming king, Arthur faces much opposition. The Saxons have conquered much of Britain, Arthur's evil sister plots against him, and there are many evil kings who are unwilling to recognize Arthur as King of Britain. With the strength of his knights and the admiration of his people, Arthur overcomes these obstacles and brings goodness and hope to the world during a time...more
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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in Cheshire...more
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