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King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) Paperback – August 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Evergreen Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486421805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486421803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table is Dover Evergreen Classic's 2002 adaptation of folklorist Andrew Lang's 1902 The Book of Romance. King Arthur consists of 13 separate stories chronicling King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Lancelot, and other Knights of the Round Table. A few of the stories are great, and others are only okay. One fantastic aspect of the volume that runs throughout are the illustrations from the original publication by H.J. Ford.

One thing that must be kept in mind is that these stories are from a 1902 collection of much older folklore. As such, the style is not what a modern reader may be used to. For example, characterization and motivation are given little attention, and much of the action you'd expect from a book about knights questing is missing. Most battles are generally summed up in the text as "The two knights fought for an hour before Sir Lancelot dealt a blow to the helm to his opponent, who then yielded."

My favorite story from the collections is "What Beaumains asked of the King." At 36 pages, it is the longest single narrative of the book (more pages are given to the Quest for the Holy Grail, but those pages are split between several stories). In this tale, a humble young man comes to Arthur's court, refusing to give his true name. He asks to be knighted and aide a woman who has come seeking aid for her sister who is besieged in her castle. Beaumains ventures forth to rescue the sister, defeating foes along the way as the woman scoffs at the lowly person sent to help her sister, unaware of Beaumains' true nobility.

As mentioned, I really enjoyed the engravings by H.J. Ford. His 28 illustrations do much to bring the story to life, and portray the characters and setting in a very romantic light.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on February 18, 2004
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For those who've never read a book about King Arthur and his Knights, then "King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table" is the book for you. Short and easy to read, it is basically a primer for anyone interested in the Arthurian legend. This book is well worth the price! I highly recommend it! Grade: A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on March 15, 2013
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I can't say the book is a literary masterpiece. But if you're just looking to learn a little about the Arthurian legends without the agony of reading 12th century writings, you'll find this book enjoyable and helpful. There are a few better children's King Arthur books out there though, with more details and adventures. But, overall, you won't be disappointed if your not expecting much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nailman57 on March 23, 2013
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Had many good stories about Arthur and his knights of the round table that I never heard before and was very pleased to read to my grandson
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By bryte8 on April 5, 2014
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I like it. It's very interesting. Lots of things I didn't know about King Arthur. Though it's hard to read with all the Roman words.
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