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The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fun-with-the-middle-ages, celts-irish-scots-and-cymri

This is a very successful retelling in modernized language of these most beloved medieval romances. Peter Ackroyd has produced a marvelously assessable version of the tales of Arthur, Lancelot, Tristan, Merlin and the Knights of the Table Round. At the same time he has preserved the essence of the medieval "romaunt" and the dignity and charm of the tales. This just reads so smoothly that I was enticed into completing the entire book when I just meant to dip into it. I think that this would find a warm welcome from those who want to know the "original" form of the stories but who don't want to study Middle English or specialize in Medieval Literature. This is an appealing format and gives a good idea of the sort of entertainment available to a reader in the Middle Ages.

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