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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,646 ratings  ·  252 reviews
In these wonderfully illustrated tales, renowned storyteller Howard Pyle carries us back to the enchanting world of King Arthur and his Round Table. The book chronicles the adventures of Arthur as he draws the sword Excalibur from the anvil, proving his right to the throne, and as he courts and wins the heart of Guinevere. Later he suffers the treachery of the wicked Morga ...more
Paperback, Signet Classics, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Signet (first published November 1903)
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Elizabeth Ashley 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…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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Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 Catholic
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.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 th
Widyanto Gunadi
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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 begi
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I was curious and it was 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.
Damjan M.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one of a four book cycle by Pyle, Arthur's familiar early exploits are featured, and the work is then padded with descriptions of various adventures of knightly heroism. The book contains the introduction and adventures/tragedies of prominent Arthurian figures (e.g. Merlin, Nimue, Morgana Le Fay, Guinevere), though Pyle conveys none of the melancholy that should accompany Arthurian tragedy. Pyle's prose is not quite what it is in his Robin Hood tellings but, at times, reaches the same heigh ...more
Katherine Sas
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian, fantasy
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.
Zane Jones
It's finally over!!!
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.
Nov 11, 2015 added it
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
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
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 ev
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
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Anthony Herrera27812
This was a well written book, besides all the language used that people now days don't use. The legend is really interesting. It talks about the life of Arthur Pendragon and how he became king at such a young age, and how he created his court of knights. It also talks about the adventures that King Arthur had, and the adventures that some of his knights had. The book is very detailed and the writing is very powerful. The Author even said he was going to make another book about it at the end. I r ...more
Ajax Minor
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Story of King Arthur and his Knights is the first in the series including, The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, The Story of Lancelot and his Companions and, finally, The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur. it comprises the entire Arthurian legend. i read all of these books when i was around 10, and i recommend them, as they say, to children of all ages. his language certainly SOUNDS authentic. the narrative is detailed and gripping and the illustrations, Pyle's own, beau ...more
Janie Tyler
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past the language! If you enjoy over-the-top Old English writing styles to remind you that you are reading a medieval story of King Arthur & his knights, then this is your book! I personally feel the Old English was too much & could have been played down in such a way to make the reading more fluid without giving way entirely to the medieval writing style, but that's just me. I love Arthurian lore, & wish I had the patience to sift through all the junk to get to the ac ...more
Krisette Spangler
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
The kids and I just finished reading these tales together. It was much more enjoyable than the Sir Thomas Mallory version. Hank was disappointed that Sir Lancelot doesn't make it into these stories, so we'll have to continue on with the next book in the series.
Chris Whisonant
Enjoy reading Howard Pyle's Arthurian stories. Need to get books 2 & 3 now that I've read 1 & 4... lol
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, classics
Shockingly, this is my first time reading one of the traditional King Arthur tales. Up until now, I gleaned all of my knowledge through cultural osmosis and the Disney animated movie "The Sword in the Stone." I was familiar with names like Sir Launcelot, Sir Gawain, the Round Table, and Excalibur, but I didn't really know how all of those stories fitted together and who did what to whom. So, having obtained a beautifully bound copy of this book from a friend, I gave it a go.

The stories are full
Maria Rowena Getutua
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"So may God grant us to come together at another time with such happiness and prosperity that you may have a free and untroubled heart to enjoy the narrated history of those excellent men which I shall then set before you. Amen."

After I've read these sentences, I felt like a child whose grandpa had just finished the story-telling session beside the fireplace. This was a light and wonderful collection of stories bedight with sorcery and swordplay. The pacing of the stories are quick e
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Pallid retelling, in cod Middle English and sanitized for sensitive young readers, of several Arthurian narratives. These stories can't be killed easily, but Pyle sure tries to suck the life out of them, mainly by generally making all the knights flatly noble, unless suffering under enchantments, but also by excising any problematic sexual content. The worst vandalism, perhaps, is done to the story of Pelleas and Ettard, in which the Lady of the Lake's giving to Pelleas of a magical gift she doe ...more
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