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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  6,105 ratings  ·  298 reviews
When the young Arthur pulls the embedded sword from the stone, his future as the King of England is foretold. This imaginative retelling of the classic legends recounts the story of Arthur's formation of the Knights of the Round Table, his securing of the enchanted sword Excalibur, his wooing of the Lady Guinevere and many other beloved Arthurian tales. ...more
Leather Bound, Illustrated Edition, 437 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Sterling (first published November 1903)
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Elizabeth Invergo Depending on your vocabulary, this book might be considered hard to read. It is written in old English ('thou' 'thee' 'speaketh', etc.) If you can han…moreDepending on your vocabulary, this book might be considered hard to read. It is written in old English ('thou' 'thee' 'speaketh', etc.) If you can handle that higher sort of language, it should be okay. But, no, if you're a reader of modern books (and those only), you most likely will have trouble or a difficult time staying with it. (less)

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Samantha
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: this book inspires brave deeds and noble speech.

I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was written in the 1800's, yet the feel and pace of this book was so modernly refreshing. I finished it in less than a week. It's not as complicated as Shakespeare to read, and I found myself gasping aloud when something happened that I had not expected- there are countless plot twists. Each chapter had me engrossed more and more. And, I feel compelled to say that the Catholicism found th
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Lesle
Extremely detailed, readable, filled with an enchanting, and chivalry version of the story of King Arthur and His Knights. Howard Pyle tells the story starting from the beginning through almost all the notable Knights. You can feel his love for the legends as they come through the pages. The morals are detailed at the end of most of the major books, like making a symbolism of Excalibur and the sheath of truth and faith. The Knights of the Round Table had to prove they were high-minded, honorable ...more
Reem Ghabbany
to be honest I struggled with this
read some passages absentmindedly just because I wanted to be done with it.
the story is good and might be enjoyable for some.
Amalie
Due to Howard Pyle being reproduced by multiple people, there might be some confusion. This is called "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights". It's divided into 6 sections.
Arthur and Guinevere
Lancelot
Tristam and Iseult
Elaine the Fair
Sir Galahad
The Passing of Arthur

Each of these sections carries sub-sections/chapters.

This version is certainly the most comprehensive for kids without or less with Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot triangle and more on the great adventures of the Knights of the Round Ta
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Jennifer
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF (for now) at 51%

This is a book that I've been "currently reading" since August, meaning that I've been reading the chapters here and there for 5-6 months. For now, seeing this book on my currently reading shelf when I've barely touched it since school started is just stressing me out lol.

I think I'll go back to reading a chapter here and there when school ends and for now, I won't rate this book.
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Judah
I Finished!!!!!
It only took almost a year but a finished.
I've attempted to read Pyle before , but his 'Robin Hood' was rather dry and I moved on to other things (AKA I'll have to catch up on Robin Hood later).

Pyle really seems to get into his element with Arthur and it shows. Nearly everything is fun. Pyle pops in with notes here and there explaining moral and his prayers for the reader, with makes me want so badly to learn about him. Interestingly I noticed Pyle has a thing for raven haired, bl
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Jazzy Lemon
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good reading for kids. Not bad for adults either.
Widyanto Gunadi
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To whosoever withdrew the mighty holy sword, Excalibur, magically held together by an ultra-powerful sealing magic cast by the wizard Merlin, into a rock, will be crowned as King and granted the prestigious privilege to lead and rule over Brittania. To a young boy named Arthur, whose aristocratic knightly conducts and virtues had enabled him to be bestowed with such honorable position, a duty and responsibility so burdensome shall also be carried out, and the ultimate task was this: to maintain ...more
Alexandria Steele
Whew! I finally finished this book. I've been trudging through for over 4 months. I HATED reading this book. I thought that it was boring and the language was hard to understand. I gave it 3 stars because, although I didn't like reading it, I like having read it. The legend of King Arthur is such a big part of our literary heritage, and I'm glad to learn a little more about the character of Arthur.

Each chapter is more or less a story on its own. The beginning of each chapter started out so bori
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D.N.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still one of the best stories ever written for children and young people, and my favourite retelling of the Arthurian legend. A delight to read to my kids at bedtime. Pyle's illustrations are beautifully elegant, whimsical, and refined in style. Revisiting this series again for the first time since childhood. ...more
Alan Allis
Not bad. Interesting.
Julia
I definitily not going to read another book by this author, I really did not like his writing style. It was like reading a wikipedia page but ten times worse.

He also made me dislike or pity all the character in the book, while he was trying to make the readers like them.

Arthur is a creepy, Gawaine is a like a moody teenager, Merlin is a creeoy toward beautiful young girls, Pellias was tricked and kidnapped (but it was made to look like it was an honour that he was able to go to the fairy world)
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Devin
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "King Arthur and his Knights" by Howard Pyle is a very fast read book. The Diction used in the book is not complex at all and the story is fairly easy to follow; If one looses track of the plot at one part in the book they can pick it back up again very quickly because of the format. This book is written to were there is a set of short stories, however there is still an overall plot. I would rate this book four out of five stars because of the format. Each of these short stories are mos ...more
Kyle Leon Henderson
This is a classic epic that generation upon generation has been introduced to in one way or another. This book by Howard Pyle is the most complete glimpse into the world of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is a bit dated in Pyle's writing style, despite the fact that it was written in the 20th century, however, I suspect, it is a well executed attempt at writing in the style of Middle English. The stories are compelling. The characters are fresh yet familiar. Something I recomm ...more
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
What I liked most about Pyle's Arthur stories was that despite being a young persons' or children's book, it doesn't ever read like he's writing down to children-the stories have 'morals' too, like children's books but they are only the tiniest bit preachy not too much (like some others). I enjoyed reading these but couldn't help thinking about how even entertainment or a search for adventure involved things like jousting in which someone invariably got hurt and quite badly, at times. ...more
Gustavo Carvalho
What can I say about this book?

First of all, I'm a non-native speaker so, in the beginning, I found the book difficult to read because of the old English words: thee, art, thou, hath etc. But I got some help with some of those words and the other ones you can simply figure it out in the context. After some time I was reading a "modern English" book.
Second, I really enjoy reading it and was involved with the stories of King Arthur, Merlin, Sir Pellias and Sir Gwaine. The story, at the beginning,
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Tony DeHaan
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, these Arthurian told by Howard Pyle. There is The Sword in the Stone of course, and Merlin, and also lots of lesser-known adventures. This book is over 100 years old, and Pyles language is rather archaic, with loads of "thee"s and "thou"s. Take this sentence for example: "Alas! my dear young knight, what hath happened thee to bring thee unto such woful condition as this which I behold?" Don't be put off by this, it's all immensely readable and enjoyable! ...more
Marilyn
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once I settled into the Old English style of writing, this collection of stories about King Arthur and his knights was charming and entertaining. I only gave 4 stars because I thought it was too long of a compilation. If this book were half it's length I would have enjoyed it all the more... without the mental weight of "I need to sit down and finish that book..." ...more
Myla
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was curious and it was available...it was fine. They didn't have much regard for women and as for the knights, they were kind of a twisted type of chivalry...all mixed up with pride and a quick temper. ...more
Katherine Sas
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arthurian
Pyle's retelling is delightful, although I can't help but be struck by the feeling that it's his pseudo-medieval prose, more than anyone's, that the Monty Python team are spoofing in The Holy Grail, which is kind of odd since he's an illustrator from Delaware. ...more
Hilary Forrest
Phew! That was a long read aloud with the kids. I think next time I will stick to something more digestible and more focused on King Arthur himself. But, that said, I am glad to have read it.
zane deann
It's finally over!!! ...more
Juliana Lira
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun to read! It's a children version of King Arthur's stories and it is very good as a introduction for new readers and young ones. ...more
Jenn
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
So chivalrous are the men. So malevolent the women. So enchanting are the settings.

I liked this story. I did find I was easily distracted, hence the reason I did not give 4 stars.
Nicky
I absolutely loved this book. Being in 7th grade when I read it, the old language they used were at times a bit confusing and made me have to reread some parts, but overall I understood it. I'd heard very few things of King Arthur before I read it, but regardless it was easy to jump into. The author switching to second person occasionally made me feel like I was back in kindergarten listening to my teacher tell me a story, which was very relaxing and made me want to continue. It wasn't a chore t ...more
Chellie Sommerfeld
Family favorite

An old family favorite. The kindle edition is as good as the printed edition. It is easy to listen to with the voice to text technology. I highly recommend it.
Jack
Every once in a great while, we are reminded of a part of ourselves that has grown faint or blurred by time. Reading Howard Pyle's stories of the Arthurian legend brought into clear focus what must have been at least a partial contribution to my childhood desires to right wrongs, and to protect those who could not protect themselves. But beyond physical action, there is a kind of true devotion and honor to these knights sorely lacking in many modern heroes. In fact, if they were to be pitted aga ...more
Jeri
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Howard Pyle captured me with the tales of Robin Hood, so I bought up all of the tales of Arthur and his knights (several books). This is my first foray into these tales, and it was a treat for me to finally acquaint myself with the famous knights and their deeds.

I loved reading of heroic adventures and men with a strong sense of honor. Also, for someone who usually roots for a happy ending, it's fun (although not very suspenseful) to read along and know that the heroes will always eventually suc
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Migelle Dominic
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book, The story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle is written filled with violence, romance, conspiracy, and death. It uses a lot of vivid details, like a movie projected into your head while reading. Any reader will feel awed and sorrowed for the characters who were mainly impacted by the conflict. The story is third-person narrated, and each chapter, the narrator changes from character to share their opinions of what's going on. As long as a reader have a sense for time apprecia ...more
Heidi
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read-aloud with the old fashioned words and syntax, and fun to share classic legends with my kids. We all had fun trying to speak like the knights. I was a bit surprised that Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad did not enter the story, but apparently they are covered in other volumes. My sons (11 and 4 years old) really enjoyed this book, but my daughter (8 years old) hated it. I don't think the one dimensional female characters turned her off, but simply that she had no interest in jousti ...more
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Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.

During 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists a
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“So endeth the story of the winning of Excalibur, and may God give unto you in your life, that you may have His truth to aid you, like a shining sword, for to overcome your enemies; and may He give you Faith (for Faith containeth Truth as a scabbard containeth its sword), and may that Faith heal all your wounds of sorrow as the sheath of Excalibur healed all the wounds of him who wore that excellent weapon. For with Truth and Faith girded upon you, you shall be as well able to fight all your battles as did that noble hero of old, whom men called King Arthur.” 5 likes
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