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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,323 ratings  ·  264 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, 384 pages
Published March 2015 by Puffin Classics (first published 1953)
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Leonard Gaya
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger Lancelyn Green may not be quite as famous as his teachers and fellow Oxfordians, C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is, nonetheless, one of the major popularisers of ancient myths and legends in English culture — Neil Gaiman recently acknowledged (in his introduction to Norse Mythology) that Lancelyn Green’s books profoundly influenced his early vocation as a writer.

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table was published a few years after World War II, around the same time as Tolkien’
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
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
Plenty of people being smote and slewed. Heads being chopped off seemed to be a popular choice for the demise. Damsels were in distress and damsels sometimes plotted evil. There were good knights and bad knights. And a bit of magic thrown in.
The tales in this book still make fun reading.
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
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.
Nosotros nos encontramos ante una excelente compilación de las aven
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!
Lindsay B
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ao
Really good story. Just slow and hard to understand in parts.
Zahra Adish Keshavarzi
کتابی که محتوای ان در مورد فداکاریهای شوالیه هاست؛ اما خلاف بر پیشنهادی که شده برای کودکان مناسب نیست.
Nobi Nobes
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing!
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
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.

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
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
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
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.
Nada Sobhi
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is by all means a HORRID book! It is an insult to the Tales of Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The writing of the book is terrible; it makes you want to skip parts. It is very hard to enjoy this book. I am currently hiding this book in the farthest, darkest shelf in the house.
Jenny Christensen
Oct 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
so boring.
A good spin on taking older arthur tales together I had never read before. Not bad. =)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read out loud to my children and we really enjoyed it. It did take a while to make it through, but some of the chapters were really exciting! I'm glad we went for it!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thing: There are "things to think about" chapters in the back you should read upfront. They're like discussion points for a book club and they address whether or not King Arthur was real, other versions of the Arthurian Legends (e.g. Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, 1485), and explain the weapons knights used. This is all super insightful and makes reading the entire book more meaningful.

Normal review:

I wanted to learn about King Arthur and this book delivered.

Like the title suggest
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger Lancelyn Green's novel, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, is a very long and pretty good book. Even if you read it in 1 or 2 days you probably would still only remember a few important things that happened. This book goes over a time span of about a century(maybe a little more) and is filled with lots of magical quests and cool adventures. It's has Knights, sorcerers, kings, queens, peasants, damsels in distress, and pretty much everything. If I were to write or even summariz ...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
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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m personally not about the whole medieval thing. This book was very boring, the parts that should’ve been exciting were written in a way that could put me to sleep. Pretty disappointed.
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
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
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.
May 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-classic
How can someone make an exciting concept so boring to read? I feel like a cheat saying that I've read it because I couldn't make it past the first chapter. So I bought the comic book version - it's much better
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?")
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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
“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.” 2 likes
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