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King Of The Middle March (Arthur Trilogy #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,560 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Kevin Crossley-Holland's award-winning Arthur trilogy comes to its triumphant and moving close.
Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it's now when Arthur's future should be clearest that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed rive the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to W
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2003)
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This is the last of the trilogy that is Kevin Crossley-Holland’s version of the Arthur story, and a fine version it is too. Ostensibly a children’s book, it would also qualify as part of the Young Adult genre, though I hate categorising books so restrictively. I would also categorise it under fantasy, social commentary and classics, as I am sure it will become one. I also believe that the authorities could do worse than make this part of the curriculum, dealing with it does not only with Medieva ...more
Meh. I feel very tricked by the lack of real connection between Manor Arthur and King Arthur. As I said of the first two books, the detail and research is good, and the voice of the narrator works well.

But it just feels so slight and all the more so for the truth about the connection between the two Arthurs. It's braver that way, in a way, I know: the story where someone starts to act out the life of a historical/mythological character in their own life and turns out to be a descendant/reincarna
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arthurian, fantasy
Now Arthur de Gornatore has joined the English troops sent to wage a crusade against 'the Saracens' to recapture Jerusalem.
Or at least, they were meant to head for Jerusalem.

The crusaders are stuck in Venice, being unable to pay for the ships they have ordered to the Venetian Doge. The Doge said that he would reconsider their debts if the crusaders would help the Venetians recapture Zara, a Christian city across the Adriatic. Arthur begins to doubt the real intention of people who say that they
I thought this book was ok it was not, in my option, nearly as good as the others books in the trilogy. There is a lot of violence, it is also much sadder than the other books. I think the author Kevin Crossley-Holland males his characters very believable and real. I did only rate this 3 stars and I do have 3 good reasons why I did...

1. It wasn't a very good read to finish off the trilogy
2. It was quite sad and confusing sometimes
3. The story line was about the crusade and the story line kinda
I'm going to try and find a stone like that to watch, because sometimes I've got nothing to do on a hot day when my twin brother is playing his gameboy.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
In the third and last volume of Arthur's journey to manhood he is excited to be joining a crusade. He finds that crusades are fraught with politics, financing problems, and recruiting challenges. He makes new friends from France and Italy, learns new skills, and grapples with questions about religion, ethnicity, and war. The big D's for this crusade are Delay, Diversion, Depravity. He continues to follow the life of King Arthur in his Seeing Stone.

There are some surprises, lots of adventure, in
Rosemary Atwell
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is arguably the strongest and most satisfying of the trilogy in its depiction of crusading and overall strength of its female characters. 'Arthur: King of the Middle March' really exceeds reader expectations in its retelling of the (often confusing) exploits of the Individual Round Table knights, the final days of Camelot and in bringing the stories of both Arthurs to a final and magnificent conclusion. Highly recommended.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I found book three to be more engaging than book two. While it is a slower paced read, it is still good.
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Cornelia Funke writes in a blurb on the back cover of this book, "The Arthur of this trilogy moves softly into one's heart." And that's just what this set of books did to me; tiptoed into my esteem.

Perhaps the last one is the best one. Perhaps, by the last one, the reader realizes that the connection between the Arthurs is no more than it appears to be; one of legend and observer. Perhaps it was because this book took Arthur off the March and into the world of the crusades.

But for whatev
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more
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