King Arthur and The Knights of The Round ...
Rupert S. Holland &
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King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table! What magic is in the words! How they carry us straight to the days of chivalry, to the witchcraft of Merlin, to the wonderful deeds of Lancelot and Perceval and Galahad, to the Quest for the Holy Grail, to all that "glorious company, the flower of men," as Tennyson has called the king and his companions! Down through the ages the stories have come to us, one of the few great romances which, like the tales of Homer, are as fresh and vivid to-day as when men first recited them in court and camp and cottage. Other great kings and paladins are lost in the dim shadows of long-past centuries, but Arthur still reigns in Camelot and his knights still ride forth to seek the Grail.
An excellent and readable introduction to Arthurian legends!
Who hasn't heard of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? In this book you meet them all.
The medieval setting is painted in a rather idealized fashion, limited nobility and figures of the court, who embrace all this is beautiful, brave and noble.
How much truth there is behind the Arthurian tales will always be the subject of debate. Arthur's world is in many aspects a real medieval world, beliefs in paganism and Christianity are evident throughout. Witchcraft and enchantment is presented as alive and deadly, and conversely the true religion - in this the beliefs of the medieval Catholic church - is evident throughout as knights commend themselves to God in prayer, thank him for His help, and even repent from their sins.
There is no end to the accomplishments of sword and sorcery, adventures and quests. This is stuff of legend, and it's worth the price to have and own.
To our sorrow, Arthur's kingdom ends in darkness and disgrace, not before it has shone with a wonderful and memorable light.