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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,290 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
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 1953)
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Jana
Oct 07, 2014 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
As retellings of Arthurian myth go, this one is pretty straightforward. If you've read Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, then you'll recognize King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as a reduced and simplified form of that classic, rather than a broader compilation of tales from the vast catalogue of Arthurian myths, legends, poems, and tales. Sadly, King Arthur himself is a background character for most of the text, while his various knights wander the wilds of Britain and have all ...more
Kristina
Feb 06, 2013 Kristina rated it really liked it
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.

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Ana Rînceanu
Given the number of scattered King Arthur tales, I'm grateful Roger Lancelyn Green reworked the tales into a cohesive story. Children will definitely enjoy this book, but it also gave me the courage to start Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table. Wish me luck!
Collin
Dec 04, 2016 Collin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
So it's not the most academic work you could choose to read on Arthurian legend. It's still a lot of fun. Also, if you're like me and have trouble tracking action/motivation/very frequently similar plots of all those "knight meets a damsel and fights a knight to save another damsel and gets wounded and is saved by another knight who was brought by another knight accompanied by a damsel"... if you're like me, aka not very quick, it's a very helpful overview. I want to believe that Green did his r ...more
Lisa Litberg
Apr 13, 2009 Lisa Litberg rated it really liked it
"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
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Bradley
Apr 09, 2009 Bradley rated it liked it
A good spin on taking older arthur tales together I had never read before. Not bad. =)
Valentino Orihuela
Dec 03, 2015 Valentino Orihuela rated it really liked it
I always like reading classic tales like Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. Now King Arthur and his Noble Knights is no exception. I always had a fascination with the Medieval times ever since I learned it from history class. I always was fascinated with the whole theme and feeling of it. Now King Arthur and his Noble Knights has that feeling of olden times and even has the aged English written into it. Now that may scare some readers since they may worry over not understanding what they are s ...more
Jeff
Aug 26, 2008 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
Evelyn Eve
Jul 22, 2015 Evelyn Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Having read one of the "old school" versions when I was but a mere lad of 12 years young, I will say I do prefer the ye olde English language contained in older tellings. (It's much more entertaining to read out loud, if you ask me.)

However, if you are looking for something a little easier to understand, this is a good pick. It is a collection of stories that tie in to each other, but other than that, there is no intricate plot to follow. The writing, while clear, is still pretty generic in its
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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
Caleb Walsh
Feb 20, 2015 Caleb Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked the tales of King Arthur, though this is the first time in book-form. I absolutely loved it! Who wouldn't want an epic story about noble knights, kings, lords and ladies, wizards, dragons, and fearsome duels? The quests and adventures in this book were really interesting and fun, and along the way you learn good principles of justice, forgiveness, sacrifice along with the knights.

I loved this book almost as much as I love Roger Lancelyn Green's other legend telling, The Adven
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Livia
Jun 25, 2013 Livia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (Lost in Neverland)

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.
Jennifer Benninger
Feb 22, 2012 Jennifer Benninger rated it liked it
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?")
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!
rabbitprincess
Aug 08, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it it was amazing
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.
Daniel Smith
Jul 24, 2011 Daniel Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristina
Jun 04, 2015 Kristina rated it liked it
3.5/5

If you want a book that gives you a sense of adventure, heartbreak, and hope...this is the one. Or you can just read merely because you're a fan of the Arthurian Legend. It's wonderful.
Trevor
Oct 27, 2016 Trevor rated it really liked it
Personal Response
I liked the book King Arthur because it had a lot of historical stories of a king who reshaped England. I didn't like the fact that there were no real transitions between chapters. Many of the stories were short with a tragic or anti-climactic ending.


Plot
The plot of the book was a series of stories of King Arthur and his Knights that served under him at the round table. Many of the stories were about each of the knights doing some act of valor or great virtue. Even so, there was
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School Account
Jan 19, 2017 School Account rated it liked it
Though the stories of King Arthur are fun to read, the older language used was hard to read. It starts with how Arthur pulls the sword from the stone for his brother who lost his sword. Amazed, his brother asked where he found it. Soon everyone heard and the wizard Merlin tells the people of Camelot that he is to be there king, and the best king to ever live. It goes through the stories of each knight, my favorite being Gawain, the nephew of Arthur. Confident, but humble, he would do anything fo ...more
Mckenzie Richardson
As far as a collection of tales about King Arthur, I think this one was a very good one for young readers. The stories are fairly simple and engaging.

As a person who doesn't really like violence, the stories were not that interesting to me personally. I thought most of the knights were very silly and over-dramatic. This, of course, is not a critic of Lancelyn Green himself, but rather of the original stories. I also wanted the female characters to be more active. The evil ones are the only wome
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David R.
Nov 27, 2016 David R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a good story to tell as it was a knight's tale. This story is really only enjoyable the first time you read it just like other stories. I loved the way Roger Lancelyn Green used magic and how he developed the story. One thing I didn't like about this story is the ending as it ended with Arthur floating away in a boat. The characters that he put in also was a positive as the famous name Sir Launcelot. I recommend this book to people who want to read a story of knights or if they jus ...more
Justin Vazquez
Dec 07, 2016 Justin Vazquez rated it liked it
Some parts of the book seemed really slow almost making you want to just skip to other parts of the book. The book talks about adventures that King Arthur faces, and challenges that him and his knights must go through. In the beginning Merlin plays a big part for Arthur showing him the ways to go, and teaching him lessons about the proper way to do things. Arthur faces challenges throughout the whole book, but at times they're really predictable.
Ryan
Dec 04, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
The book called "King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table" is a very good book. A legend is born when young Arthur meets Merlin and pulls out the very important sword from its Stone that is sitting in the middle of the city. right when he pulls the sword out it brings to life King Arthur and the adventure of his knights, from the quest for the holy grail to the final tragedy of the Last Battle. Have fun reading this book. :D
Luka Bilaver
Nov 13, 2016 Luka Bilaver rated it it was ok
This wasn’t my favorite book. It honestly didn’t catch my eye. It was like all of the other King Arthur tales. Very boring. It was very inconsistent. It had exciting parts then a sudden drop off. Then another spike up of excitement yet again another drop off. It wasn’t my kind of book. Maybe other people like these types of books. It isn’t my kind of book.
Alys
Dec 23, 2016 Alys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good retelling of Arthurian stories for kids. Roger Lancelyn Green is always a great place to start learning about myths and legends for anyone. Simple and clear, broken up into smaller stories, with all the "inappropriate" bits left out.
Katie
Nov 12, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a pleasure. I feel a deep affection for this book, and I enjoyed learning so many of the stories that go beyond the basic legends we all know.
Carl Y
Nov 23, 2016 Carl Y rated it it was amazing
I really recommender this book to people who liked history movies.
Heather
Jan 11, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green is a retelling of the King Arthur stories for children. The stories follow many years in the course of the Kingdom of Logres from Merlin’s creation of the round table to the downfall of the kingdom due to the relationship between Launcelot and Guinevere (which is dealt with very appropriately for child readers). The epilogue leaves the reader wondering if King Arthur is truly dead or not and whether, one day, Logres will retu ...more
Bree  Storer
Apr 25, 2016 Bree Storer rated it really liked it
Roger Lancelynn Green is only one of many authors who interperted the King Arthur story. Not to mention, one of the hundreds of adaptations in general. There's been plenty of films, tv shows, and yes, books. Heck, even Disney took a crack at it! Is Green's adaptation of the famous legend one of the greats? Or is it just one of those stupid, nonsense pieces that ruin the source material? Let's take a look.
The premise starts out with Arthurs becomings of a King. I won't give it away to anyone who
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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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