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The World of King Arthur and His Court: People, Places, Legend, and Lore

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Surveys the known history of King Arthur, the legends and lore surrounding him, his treatment in literature, and the possible historical background of his associates and stories.
Published October 1st 1999 by Dutton Juvenile
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Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent blend of history and folklore, The World of King Arthur and His Court manages to emphasize the importance of the Arthurian ideal while carefully outlining the legend's sources and possible origins. Kevin Crossley-Holland includes several quotations from period literature, flavoring his discrete bits of Arthurian lore with the words and notions of the time. Add Peter Malone's jewel-toned illustrations, and readers of all ages are certain to find this book an enjoyable introduction to ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to casually learn about Arthurian legends
I checked this book out from the library on a whim. I just stumbled upon it in the kids’ section and thought, Arthurian legends? A cool map? Illustrations? Right up my alley! Once I started reading it I knew I had to review it.

Guidoriccio da Fogliano,Simone Martini
Guidoriccio da Fogliano, Simone Martini

The Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail), Giotto di Bondone
The Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail), Giotto di Bondone

Let me start with the positives. It’s colourful! And the illustrator, Peter Malone, shifts back and forth between making the illustrations look like the art of Giotto di Bond
Melody Savage
Some kids read the instruction manuals for video games over and over to learn the characters, their powers, their weaknesses, their weapons, etc. This is that kind of read for the legends of King Arthur and his court. Very clear writing organized in easy to reference sections some of which contain annotated categorical lists, such as castles and knights. It is peppered throughout with bits of literary text from or about the middle ages (i.e. excerpts from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales) ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great non fiction about the mythical king and his court. It blends truth, folklore, and poetry to teach King Arthur fans about the time in which he lived. I only wished there was more about Arthur's background, heritage and rise to power.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting light introduction to Arthurian Myth, with many references to other literature to further your understanding. It is also adds a much needed insight into the world of 'Arthur-in-the-stone' in connection with Crossley-Holland's Arthur series.
Timmy De Leon
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
A good reference when you want to know things, people, places, and events in the Arthurian Romance. This is the real deal about King Arthur, and it made me realize that the BBC series Merlin is in a lot of ways inaccurate.
Lovis Lindquist
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
A wonderful mix of facts, poems and legends. A quite easy and quick read with colourful and rich illustrations!
Emily Holden
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-9th
I thought I was a good book.
Cat *living for the One who breaths life into me*
LOVEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD this book when i read it in sixth grade! best book i read all year. i really like that medevil era. great book.
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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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