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King of the Middle March

(Arthur Trilogy #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Kevin Crossley-Holland's award-winning Arthur trilogy comes to its triumphant and moving close -- now in paperback!

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 threaten the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in En
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 2003)
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Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Gary by: Folio Society
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
Rosemary Atwell
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad to have read the Arthur triology. Kevin Crossley-Holland is such a wonderful writer, especially in the way she shapes his characters; managing to give them an eerie depth while being very frugal with words at the same time. Although I personally really loved the double story line of Arthur in the stone and Arthur de Gornatore ánd liked the way the two stories eventually 'came together' (or did not, in a way), I felt the ending of this novel a little rushed. The novel seemed to be wo ...more
The last of Crossley-Holland's Arthur Trilogy, King of the Middle March is considerably more grave than its counterparts. In this novel Arthur struggles with the reality of the crusades, the life of a soldier, and the consequences of military action. The ethics of battle, the church and God are all analyzed in this contemplative work as Arthur grows and changes from his experiences during one of the medieval period's most famous military conflicts. I enjoyed the serious debate Arthur has betwe ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful ending to what I found to be a well researched, realistic portrayal of the 13th century European Crusader movement. I was impressed by the way the author portrayed the crusade as less a "Holy War" and more a way that the reigning political powers used it to further their own ends. All the while, the narrator continues to find his life paralleled in fascinating ways to the Arthurian romances that play out in his seeing stone. While the end games for all the characters don't end up whe ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I DNF’d this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or anything but I lost my interest. Didn’t care for anything that happened. I read 70 pages and didn’t want to finish it.
I’m trying to become better at reading what I actually want to read so I’m trying not to feel guilty about it.

I’m giving it two stars because I didn’t hate what I read, I just didn’t have motivation to finish it. I should have picked it up sooner when I read the other books.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still just as good as the first time I read it. Crossley-Holland is just so good at painting intricate conflicts on the small scale and the huge, of humanising terrible things and people. He brings the medieval world so vividly to life and Arthur is such a wonderful character. He’s so valuable for children to learn from - the value of asking difficult questions, of always following your morals and doing things even though they’re hard. This whole trilogy is such a joy to read.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Incredible ending with bitter sweetness. Real depiction of some awful people and great people. The reality of the effects of war on Arthur is nicely contrasted to Winnie and Tom who remained carefree. There is something about the crossing place between youth and adulthood that I never tire of reading. This is no exception to that.
Gene Coatney
I put this series off for a long time, but I am so glad I finally got around to it. It was a very unique view of the Arthur legends and it was so well written I found myself wanting more just so I could enjoy his style.
Jacob Cook
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the storytelling and how it's connected to events from that period. The characters and events that they faced are great and lessons can be learned from all of them. Overall, great story and a great book by an author who knows how to make them. ...more
Roshell Bissett
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My daughter (12) and I read these three books all together and then started watching "Merlin" on Netflix. What a great trilogy (and TV series)! It has been a great introduction to the Arthur legends and we will miss spending time with "Arthur and Arthur in the Stone". Such a great journey. ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found book three to be more engaging than book two. While it is a slower paced read, it is still good.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely, well-written trilogy.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed King of the Middle March. I liked that Arthur was a considerate, kind, and empathetic individual. I liked that he always thought and questioned.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it

I remember it being a bit confusing for my 10 year old self, but I really enjoyed the story.

It’s been a dozen years now since I read it and I’m thinking of rereading the trilogy.
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Anne Hamilton
Arthur is in Venice, having joined a crusade along with his foster-father, Lord Stephen. He's waiting to be knighted when his worst nightmare occurs - his father arrives. Selfish and brutal, Sir William of Gortamore is nevertheless astute when it comes to political machinations: and he recognises trouble (and what, in a later age would be called 'Machiavellian' intent) in the Doge's policies.

The crusaders have ordered Venetian ships for thirty thousand men. But only ten thousand have arrived. A
Patricia Ash-Vildosola
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Id the author a historical re-enactor? The descriptions are so solid and vivid that you feel like you're on crusade with Arthur. Well done! ...more
Brigid Keely
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, fiction, kids, 2013
"King of the Middle March," by Kevin Crossley-Holland, is the third (and final) book in Crossley-Holland's middle school series about a young man named Arthur. Set in the early 13th century in the UK, Arthur comes of age and works toward his goal of becoming a knight and fighting in the Crusades, then finding who his mother is. Along the way, he experiences the adventures of famed King Arthur by watching them television-like in the magical Seeing Stone that Merlin gave him.

It's a decent series o
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Arthurian legend fans; fans of medieval times; mature teens and up
Shelves: fantasy
This whole series is a good read. Blending 13th century life of Arthur de Caldicot with the life of King Arthur and his Knights was quite nice. Great perspective of the misguided beliefs leading to the Crusades and also how that same desire for war and wealth lead to infighting among Christians. The ending was not what I wanted but I wasnt surprised. There wasnt really any climax it just told about his days straight through his experience. (It is written in journal style). However, with a little ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was worried that this book would let the series down. I loved the first in the trilogy, The Seeing Stone, so much and the second was almost as wonderful. King of the Middle March I found disappointing and fairly unenjoyable until the second half. I think that I had fallen in love with the March & the characters living there in the first two books, and because of the majority of this book is set on a crusade, I was just missing Arthur's home. It really picks up, though, and I adored the second ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This parallel story trilogy held me to the end. Arthur's finish was by the book, in a good way, and the 'real' Arthur closes his tale on a suitably ambiguous-yet-hopeful note. My only complaint was that all-too-modern of plotting diseases, the reluctance to commit to a relationship at the end. We had a good love triangle going -- or rectangle, perhaps -- and it should have been resolved. To leave that to the stars was just wimping out on Crossley-Holland's part. But if you like your medieval tal ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series, I loved how the main character and King Arthur's lives paralleled each other in many ways but weren't the same at all. I also liked how Arthur of the book is his own person and learns from the king but doesn't necessarily make the same mistakes. I think the first two books were more enjoyable for me to read, but the third book is really necessary and shows great character growth. I was just disappointed that it didn't spend more time in the Middle March with Arthur ...more
Ann Thomas
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-writing
This is the last book of a trilogy aimed at young adults or older children. I read them because I want to write historical fiction set in the medieval period, so this could be called research. I enjoyed the first book, then the second was not so good, so I was not really looking forward to this one. However I was pleasantly surprised. Arthur goes off on crusade, while he watches the other Arthur, King Arthur in his seeing stone, as his kingdom falls apart.

By the end, everything is wrapped up ver
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
The final volume of the trilogy. I quite enjoyed the tale. Arthur is finally out of England, becomes a knight, sickened by the detail of war, and doesn't make it to Jerusalem.

This is a very gentle story that has an interesting parallel story - that of Arthur Pendragon. I liked the way in which these were woven together, although we don't ever really get to know about their point of intersection.

Not that I am overly worried. I took it as a nice story to read just before bed time. It suits that
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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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