Item description for King Arthur and His Knights (Children's Classics) by Sir James Knowles...
Outline ReviewSir James Knowle's epic tale of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Tale is resurrected in this ornate children's edition. Intricate black-and-white drawings of knights, damsels in distress, and wizards add to the mystery and folklore of Sir Arthur. Perfectly suited as both a "read aloud" book or for more advanced readers to conquer themselves, children of all ages will be whisked back in time with this classic tale.
Product Description An Idealized Middle Ages, a world filled with violent tests of courage, clamorous and raging battle, adventurous quests, and yearning love of knight and damsel unfolds for the reader. This volume invites you to enter the medieval world of knightly legend and chivalric lore. This deluxe Children's Classic edition of King Arthur is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Little Women, The Secret Garden and Treasure Island.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Reviews - What do customers think about King Arthur and His Knights (Children's Classics)?
Not Free SF Reader Sep 3, 2007
King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles is a nicely illustrated and approachable version of some of the Arthurian legends, with the younger reader in mind.
i.e. Have cool pictures of guys in armor with swords to go along with the writing. As far as that goes, reasonably well done.
This book is violent! Mar 4, 2006
I do not understand why it these stories of King Arthur and his knights have been dubbed a "children's classic". This thing is non stop bloody violence, beginning to end. War is glorified, men are measured by how many they have killed, heads are split in half (this seems to be the favorite method), guts spilled, villages burned and sacked, entire cities starve to death under Arthur's sieges, gruesome suicides by several women who just couldn't live without their man, countless incidents of, "I don't like your words so I'm going to kill you!" etc, etc, etc. Every conflict between two people, or countries, is solved through terrible, gory violence. Through all this Arthur and his men are the heros because they kill more men than anyone else in all the world.
Maybe I'm too modern, maybe I'm being a bit too politicly correct, but I don't believe this is good for children. Young adults, sure. After a child is old enough, after they understand enough about history, war, and have a definite grasp on what is real and what is simply a story. I bought this for my children and I always read things first, both so I will be able to discus it with them, and to be sure it is okay for them to read. I have decided that this book is not appropriate for children.
I hope this will help anyone who is considering buying this book for a child as a gift, thinking it to be a bit of a fairy tale, a legend, and nothing more. Do you want to give these ideas to your kids: When someone makes us angry it is right and glorious to attack them with weapons; if a woman loses her lover it is normal for her to be so grieved and incapable of caring for herself that she would commit suicide; that countries who disagree have a right to slay civilians as a method of getting their way; that the more people a man is able to overpower through brute force the better a man he is; and most of all, that God not only approves of these things but actually adores and rewards violence in His name?
This is interesting and even humorous reading for an adult, or a mature teenager. The humor coming in the form of the violence being so over done that visions of Monty Python dance in your head. The language is eloquent and a challenge to read. If antiquated language is what you are looking for I would suggest "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle, a book with its own share of violence, but unglorified, and with a lesson, a moral.
King Arthur and His Knights Jun 10, 2002
This book was about how King Arthur's life supposedly was. He was born after King Uther tricked an enemy duke's wife into thinking that Uther was her husband. That child was given to Merlin, and he was un-christened, and was given to Sir Ector. He became a squire at his new home and had a bigger stepbrother to help. When the sword in the stone appeared, all the knights and noblemen around England appeared to try and pull it out, since the person who pulls out the sword in the stone is supposedly the king of all England. Throughout his life he encountered many people like Sir Lancelot of the Lake, who fell in love with his beloved wife, Guinevere, and also gave birth to a child with his half-sister when she disguised herself. He would later become a legend for all the things he had done during his life.
I read this book because I watched the movie from Disney called "The Sword in the Stone." It sparked my interest of knights and I was fascinated with the Middle Ages ever since. Then when I went to the library, this book was the only one about King Arthur that wasn't checked out, so I read this wonderful recount of the amazing life of Arthur.
I recommend this book to everyone above the age of 9. There are some "not so good for children parts" in this book. If you are a child who wants to read about King Arthur, then you should choose this book. If you want something that is easier, I suggest you not to select this book since it is kind of a hard book.
Classic stories, difficult text Apr 29, 2002
This book is a bargain, but make sure your reader is ready for it. Its style is rather "olde englishe biblical" -- not obsolete spelling, but somewhat difficult language for modern readers. If your reader is in the mood for thee-thou-mayhap-hath-milady, then go for it!
Along with Robin Hood, these ancient legends are a must-read Oct 10, 2001
Who hasn�t heard of King Arthur and the knights of his Round Table? In this book you meet them all � including the magician Merlin, and the brave knights Sir Lancelot, Sir Gareth, Sir Tristam, Sir Bors, Sir Key, and Sir Galahad. All the old favorites are included � Arthur drawing the sword out of the stone, Arthur receiving the sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake, Arthur becoming emperor, and Arthur�s marriage to Guinevere. These events are recounted with surprising little drama. But don�t give up too soon � the best comes with all the quests and adventures of the knights that follow, including the Quest for the Holy Grail. This book is chock-full of entertaining adventures involving knights in shining armour, damsels in distress, fierce jousting and sword fights to the death, battles against hoards of enemies and giants, tournaments and miracles. Accompanying the text of this hard-cover, are ornate black and white pictures and images that contribute splendidly to the atmosphere evoked by the text.
The medieval setting is painted in a rather idealized fashion, limited to the nobility and figures of the court, who embrace all that is beautiful, brave and noble. These virtues are sometimes portrayed rather simplistically, as unknown knights engage in mortal combat, and only after they have virtually killed each other do the introductions begin: �What is your name?� Behind this medieval mayhem is a heightened sense of chivalry more reflective of legend than fact, where knights battle to the death for the sake of a woman - even one they have only just met. But isn�t that what the Arthurian legends are all about? Nobody is under the illusion that they are to be taken too seriously. Journeying to Arthur�s Camelot is a form of escapism - suspend your sense of disbelief, watch the flashing swords and fearful battles, and enjoy.
That�s not to say that the Arthurian tales do not reflect any reality. Arthur�s world is in many respects a real medieval world. Medieval beliefs in paganism and Christianity are evident throughout. Witchcraft and enchantment is presented as alive and deadly, and conversely the true religion � in this case 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. The whole notion of the Holy Grail is of course a very Christian tradition � although a tradition that represents more fiction than fact. And the moral virtues of justice, truth and right for which the honorable knights fight are still noble ideals of virtue today. Arthur�s kingdom is presented as a kingdom blessed by the grace of God, a beacon of light symbolizing all that is good and true and right, and a worthy model for kingdoms in today�s world because it revolves around timeless virtues. Tales that promote dignity, courtesy, courage, respect for right, respect for female dignity and purity are as ennobling as they are entertaining.
How much truth there is behind the Arthurian tales will always be the subject of debate. The fact remains that there is an extensive and confusing body of legend to wade through. In this 1923 work, Knowles has essentially followed Malory�s fifteenth century classic �Morte d�Arthur.� Even his language is antiquated and tedious, but persevere because you will soon find that this an enjoyable and essential addition that heightens the heroic atmosphere of the story and gives the legend a fittingly majestic touch. But it is doubtful that Malory or Knowles have been successful in making a great deal of sense out of the confusing mass of legend, because it is not unified in a plausible manner. Those looking for a more readable or easier introduction to king Arthur would be better served by the works by Roger Lancelyn Green or Howard Pyle.
In the end these tales of King Arthur and his knights remains a hodgepodge of anecdotes with different styles that is sometimes hard to wade through. But that doesn�t matter. This collection is primarily of historical value, in giving a true picture of the original legends as they have been transmitted across hundreds of years. Even if it�s not always easy to read, it cannot be denied that Knowles has produced a very comprehensive collection of the Arthurian tales, and the unbelievable exploits of knights in shining armour will continue to entertain in the future just as they have done in the past. Along with the tales of Robin Hood, the tales of King Arthur are the most exciting tales that British history has produced. This is the stuff of legend, and it�s worth a read.