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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

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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
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Published March 1st 1995 by Turtleback Books (first published 1953)
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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.

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Jana
Sep 25, 2014 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
Fonch
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are in front of excellent compilation of the adventures of the Knight Round Table. Roger Lancelyn Green tests that he is worth to be a member of the Inklings he is somebody that we must rediscover him. To know the arthurian cycle is necessary to read it.
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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 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
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
A good spin on taking older arthur tales together I had never read before. Not bad. =)
Lucía
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacía mucho tiempo que tenía ganas de conocer la historia del Rey Arturo. Pese a saber que es uno de esos muchos personajes de la Historia que anda entre la verdad y la leyenda, siempre tuve cierta fascinación por él. Creo que todo empezó con la serie Las Tres Mellizas que tenía un episodio donde las niñas conocían a los caballeros de la Tabla Redonda y continuó con la serie Merlín. En fin, que me voy del tema.

Este libro no es una invención del propio Lancelyn sino que, como explica al principio
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Joshua
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of the Arthurian legends rewritten so younger readers can wet their teeth on these stories. I read this book in the eighth grade and I still have it on my shelf and because of this book I got into Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Lord of the Rings, and T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Books like this are a valuable resource because they serve as starting points and foundations for the myths that make up so much of our culture.
Trevor
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nobi Nobes
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing!
Valentino Orihuela
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
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 15, 2015 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 13, 2013 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
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
Jun 28, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 06, 2011 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
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.
Makenzie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning I wasn't too big a fan of the book. Now, to be fair, this was a summer reading book so that played a part, however the story didn't really catch my attention. To make it worse, there are multiple story lines at once that all intercept in weird ways, which made it hard for me to follow. As the story goes along, I didn't find myself connecting with the characters and began to become bored with the story. The story tends to be highly religious also, and as someone who knows next ...more
School Account
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
Helena
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I've read Malory (for Medieval Lit in college), but I hated it, despite the fact that I love the Arthurian legend and the many spinoffs/interpretations I've read over the years. This compilation was really good--not hard to slog through like Malory, but the language still has an authentic feel about it. I'm keeping it in mind to use in our homeschool in a few years when my kiddos are ready for it (note to self: that's why it's on the homeschool shelf, despite having nothing to do wit ...more
Allison
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid, well-written Arthur adaptation for kids. Green does a good job keeping the high, medieval tone of language with much of its original vocabulary, while simplifying the story to make it more easily understood (and more appropriate!) for younger readers. The central conflicts (e.g. Launcelot and Guinevere) are left with a reasonable amount of moral complexity so that readers can still understand what drives the characters and their decisions. Would definitely recommend as a good st ...more
Justin Vazquez
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
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Lumos Ktbspa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-childrens
It was like reading a newspaper dedicated to King Arthur good old times. Or wikipedia's bunch of articles one after another with no chronology at all. No, there is chronology, still it feels like there's not. Weird impression. Especially coz I already knew the stories quite well. Maybe this is the point. Aha.
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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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“The big knight fell heavily to the ground, and lay there, as nearly dead as possible. His servants came running from the castle and took him in. He got better in the end, but nobody cared much about that.” 1 likes
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