The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

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Courier Corporation, 1965 - Juvenile Fiction - 312 pages
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In this enchanting version of the story of King Arthur, the renowned American illustrator and storyteller Howard Pyle displays his unique talent for capturing and stimulating the imaginations of the young. Inventively retold and vividly illustrated, these stories describe the perilous and thrilling adventures of King Arthur and his knights in that glorious age of chivalry and honor.
After showing how Arthur established his right to the throne by drawing the sword from the anvil, the author then relates the story of Arthur's battle with the Sable Knight and his securing the sword Excalibur "the most beautiful and the most famous sword in all the world." He tells of Arthur's confrontations with the Duke of North Umber and Sir Pellias, describes King Arthur's wooing and wedding the Lady Guinevere, and tells of the establishment of the Round Table. Tales are told, too, of Arthur's knights, including Merlin the Wise, Sir Pellias (or the Gentle Knight) and of course, Sir Gawaine. One of the key points in the book is Arthur's search for the answer to the riddle "What is it that a woman most desires?" with his life at stake.
This is the definitive children's version of the Arthurian legend, for generations a specialfavorite with youngsters of all ages. Its reputation, richlydeserved, rests as much upon the illustrations as on the delightful tales themselves. And no wonder, for as an illustrator of children's books, Pyle had no peer. Bold and unforgettable as only Pyle's skilled hand could make them, these drawings convey at a glance the whole aura of that splendid age andhelp to make this a book that boys and girls will cherish for years to come.
Unabridged and unaltered republication of the first (1903) edition."

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User Review  - Arkrayder - LibraryThing

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights was a good book. I would recommend the book. However, its not perfect. the story is slow-placed at times, and some parts of the story aren't explained, leaving a few plot-holes. but other than that it is good. Read full review

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User Review  - 1derlys - LibraryThing

This is a classic that deserves a place on the bookshelf in any home. It has mystery, adventure, battles, and friendship, love, betrayal and memorable characters that live forever in the mind. By way ... Read full review


How Sir Kay did Combat in a Great Tournament at London Town and of How He Brake His Sword Likewise How Arthur Found a New Sword For ...
How Arthur Twice Performed the Miracle of the Sword Before Sir Ector and of How Birthright Was Discovered Unto Him
How Several Kings and High Dukes Assayed to Draw the Sword Out of the Anvil and How THey Failed Likewise How Arthur Made the Assay and S...
The Winning of a Sword
How There Came a Certain Wounded Knight Unto the Court of King Arthur How a Young Knight of the Kings Court Sought To Avenge Him and F...
How King Arthur Fought With the Sable Knight and How He Was Sorely Wounded Likewise How Merlin Brought Him Safe Away From the Field o...
How King Arthur Found a Noble Sword In a Very Wonderful Manner And How He Again Fought With It and Won That Battle
The Winning of a Queen
How Queen Morgana le Fay Meditated Evil Against King Arthur and How She Sent a Damsel to Beguile the Enchanter Merlin
How Merlin Journeyed With Vivien Unto the Valley of Joyousness and How He Builded for Her a Castle at That Place Also How He Taught Her the ...
How Queen Morgana le Fay Returned to Camelot and to the Court With Intent to Do Ill to King Arthur Also How King Arthur and Others Went aHu...
What Befell Sir Accalon and How King Arthur Fought an AffairatArms With Swords and How He Came Nigh to Losing His Life Thereby
The Story of Sir Pellias
How Queen Guinevere Went aMaying and of How Sir Pellias Took Upon Him a Quest in Her Behalf
How Sir Pellias Overcame a Red Knight Hight Sir Adresack and of How He Liberated XXII Captives From That Knights Castle
How Sir Pellias Did Battle With Sir Engamore Otherwise the Knight of the Green Sleeves and of What Befell the Lady Ettard

How King Arthur Went to Tintagalon with Four of His Court and How He Disguised Himself for a Certain Purpose
How King Ryence Came to Cameliard and How King Arthur Fought With the Duke of North Umber
How King Arthur Encountered Four Knights and of What Befell Thereby
How the Four Knights Served the Lady Guinevere
How King Arthur Overcame the Enemies of King Leodegrance and How His Royalty Was Promised
How King Arthur Was Wedded in Royal State and How the Round Table Was Established
The Story of Merlin
How Queen Guinevere Quarrelled With Sir Gawaine and How Sir Gawaine Left the Court of King Arthur For a While
How Sir Gawaine Met Sir Pellias and How He Promised to Aid Him With the Lady Ettard
How the Lady of the Lake Took Back Her Necklace From Sir Pellias
The Story of Sir Gawaine
How a White Hart Appeared Before King Arthur and How Sir Gawaine and Gaheris His Brother Went in Pursuit Thereof and of What Befell Them i...
How King Arthur Became Lost in the Forest and How He Fell Into a Very Singular Adventure in a Castle Unto Which He Came
How King Arthur Overcame the KnightEnchanter and How Sir Gawaine Manifested the High Nobility of His Knighthood

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Page v - I have come to consider the high nobility of spirit that moved these excellent men to act as they did, I have felt that they have afforded such a perfect example of courage and humility that anyone might do exceedingly well to follow after their manner of behavior in such measure as he is able to do.
Page v - King Arthur was the most honorable, gentle Knight who ever lived in all the world. And those who were his fellows of the Round Table — taking him as their looking-glass of chivalry — made, altogether, such a company of noble knights that it is hardly to be supposed that their like will ever be seen again in this world. Wherefore it is that I have had such extraordinary pleasure in beholding how those famous knights behaved whenever circumstances called upon them to perform their endeavor.

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The stories and drawings of Howard Pyle (1853-1911) epitomize "the golden age of American illustration." A priceless contribution to American children's literature, Pyle's work set a standard of excellence, with tales and images remarkable for their engaging simplicity and penetrating realism.

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