The Arthur : King of the Middle March Paperback
Part of the Arthur series
It is 1202, and thousands of knights and footsoldiers are mustering in Venice for the Fourth Crusade. Among them is young Arthur de Caldicot, squire to Lord Stephen. It is thrilling to be part of this huge gathering; but as Christian falls upon Christian and Saracens draw their scimitars, Arthur's eyes are opened to the realities of war. Looking into his seeing stone for guidance, he realises that the exploits of King Arthur and his knights, like those of the crusaders, are as grim as they are glorious. Meanwhile Arthur has his own concerns: Gatty, his betrothal, his dream of finding his mother, his relationship with his violent father and his churlish foster-brother.
When he finally returns to England, all he has lost and all he has won come together.
War, romance, murder, family quarrels, power politics, the conflict between Christianity and Islam: all these are elements in a story packed with drama and colour. Its vivid picture of daily life in medieval times is shot through with earthy comedy and the magic of the Arthurian legends.
Darker and deeper than the first two books, this is a marvellous ending to a trilogy that has utterly captivated its readers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, 40 Line Drawing(s)
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 05/08/2004
- Category: Traditional
- ISBN: 9781842551554
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Review by shanaqui
Meh. I feel very tricked by the lack of real connection between Manor Arthur and King Arthur. As I said of the first two books, the detail and research is good, and the voice of the narrator works well.<br/><br/>But it just feels so slight and all the more so for the truth about the connection between the two Arthurs. It's braver that way, in a way, I know: the story where someone starts to act out the life of a historical/mythological character in their own life and turns out to be a descendant/reincarnation of them has been <I>done</i>. But still. Gah.