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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights…

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights

by Sir James Knowles

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This book is a retelling of Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur and was first published in 1862. It includes many of the stories from Malory’s book, including sections dedicated to Sirs Gawain, Gareth, Lancelot, and Tristan. Having read Malory and other Arthurian texts, these stories were not new to me, but still made me smile. It was like visiting an old friend.

There are always parts that mystify me as a modern reader, like how many times knights will ride their horses so long and so hard that the horse falls dead under the knight. No medieval knight would ever actually do this and destroy his mode of transportation (and in such a cruel manner), yet it’s all over Arthurian (and medieval) texts. I find this hilarious.

The story of Sir Gareth plays out like rom-com in some ways at the start, where the Damsel Linet is leading him to her Lady Lyones in order to save her. Gareth starts out as a kitchen servant (though he is actually a prince in disguise and brother to Sir Gawain). He asks King Arthur for the boon of taking the Damsel Linet’s quest and to have Sir Lancelot knight him. He has many perils to fight along the way to reach Lady Lyones, and Linet berates him the whole way, saying he is no true knight since he had been a kitchen servant. If this were a modern story, by the time she realized that he was indeed very knightly, the pair of them would have fallen in love. Instead he falls for Lady Lyones upon first sight, and Linet fades into the background. Not gonna lie, I was disappointed at that.

Anyway, if you fancy an introduction to Arthurian legend, these is a decent place to start. It’s a bit shorter than Le Morte D’Arthur but it includes all the important parts. ( )
  Jessiqa | Dec 28, 2013 |
All I can say is, why does Hollywood try and change the story? The collection of stories are a wonderful group of stories that take the reader through lands and emotions. It is no wonder why these stories have struck a chord in the psyche of so many over generations. I think it's a shame that the last few generations don't know the true tales, relying usually on visual media instead. God and the faith of Arthur and his knights are removed from today's telling, there is usually no mention of Merlin's master-Blaise, the connection of Lancelot and the lady of the lake has been erased from the modern telling; all these are important to the tales.

For dads of young children, those four through eight let's say; these are great bedtime tales. Broken into smaller stories, they are perfect for sending little ones off to dreamland. If you're not used to old English, you may want to read a chapter ahead so you can make it sound right for them; just don't change the words, learn to say them the way its meant and they'll understand. Just remember to do the voices and make clanging sounds! ( )
  SirThomasPC | May 11, 2011 |
A collection of very dry stories following the adventures of King Arthur and company. Unfortunately, all the exciting adventure and glorious questing was related in the flattest, most impossibly boring manner possible. I felt like it would never end. ( )
  391 | Mar 31, 2010 |
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