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The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff
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Part 1 of The King Arthur Trilogy

Spoiler alert for those not familiar with the Arthurian legends this review contains spoilers




This book covers the early life of King Arthur and his Knights up to the arrival of Sir Percival whose presence Merlin has prophesied will mark the beginning of the quest for the holy grail.

Key events - Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and is made King of Britain
The Lady in the Lake gives Arthur Excaliber
Arthur begets his son Mordred with his sister (Morgaus in this version)
Arthur marries Guenever
Merlin imprisoned in the Crystal Cave
Guenever and Lancelot fall in love
Knights go on quests, knights die, new knights arrive, new knights go on quests etc

This version pretty much followers the legends of Arthur as given to us by Mallory in La Morte de Artur, the slight twists in this version; Lancelot is ugly and Nemue is not evil enchantress she is a force of nature and Merlin is well aware of where he will end up.
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Reading Progress

December 16, 2016 – Started Reading
December 16, 2016 – Shelved
December 18, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016
December 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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