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Arthur: King of the Middle March

Book 3

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Arthur: King of the Middle March by Kevin  Crossley-Holland
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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.

Author Biography

Kevin Crossley-Holland's The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Tir na n-Og Award, the Bronze Award for the Smarties Prize, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award. His book Storm won the Carnegie Medal in 1985. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Pages
432
Series
Dimensions
129x198x28
ISBN-13
9780753821237
Product ID
1639900

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