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The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1979)

by Rosemary Sutcliff

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Series: King Arthur Trilogy (1)

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Retells the adventures of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot, and the other knights of the Round Table.

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Gave up on this after 1 chapter. A really dull re-telling of the arthurian stories. ( )
  SChant | Apr 25, 2013 |
I have always loved the legends of King Arthur. I read them as a child and I read them in college when I took a class called Medieval Epic and Romance. There is something so appealing about these stories, the combination of chivalry and strength and the fact that a knight without courtesy and mercy is no knight at all. There are so many stories to choose from and such a scope of characters and plots in this book. I would recommend it to middle school aged readers - some of the language can be difficult and some of the content is slightly mature for younger readers. ( )
  amygatt | Dec 4, 2011 |
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In the dark years after Rome was gone from Britain, Vortigern of the narrow eyes and the thin red beard came down from the mountains of Wales, and by treachery slew Constantine of the old royal house and seized the High Kingship of Britain in his place.
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Retells the adventures of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot, and the other knights of the Round Table.

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This book offers a retelling of the Arthurian legend by Ms. Sutcliff, who takes from multiple sources including from the original Sir Thomas Malory version. This book is a more advanced text that can be read by 12th graders and more advanced readers. For those who have been interested in folktales for a while, most will enjoy this next step in reading difficulty and receiving a new take on the Arthurian legend. Since this text is so dense, it could be used as a vocabulary builder and for plot & scene charting as well. Here is a link for more info on the Arthurian legend: http://www.arthurian-legend.com/
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