Friday, August 19, 2016

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table

Severe Spoilers Ahead

This is a short treatment of the incredibly complex tale of King Arthur written by Roger Lancelyn Green and published in 1953.  It is told with simple language and for that reason is a great introduction to the tale for people who are not familiar with the story.  It covers the story all the way from Arthur's birth to the downfall of Camelot including the Quest of the Holy Grail, the story of Tristram and Isolde and the story of Lancelot and Guenever.

While you don't get all the intricacies of the story from this short and simple prose, it is a good first taste.  Sometimes the writing can be a bit dry and I find myself skimming over and having to go back and re-read.  If you are able to keep your attention on the story, then you will probably enjoy this story.

My favorite story is that of the Quest for the Holy Grail because my favorite knight is Galahad.  I also like Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight because it is a tale of a pure and noble knight.

I don't want to go through the entire story because I really advocate reading this book yourself.  It's a short read and definitely worth it!  The story of King Arthur is a classic tale everyone should know about.

Here is the table of contents just to give you an idea of what stories you may come across:

  • Author's Note
  • Book One: The Coming of Arthur
    • The Two Swords
    • Balyn and Balan
    • The First Quest
    • The Magic of Nimue and Morgana le Fay
  • Book Two: The Knights of the Round Table
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    • The First Quest of Sir Launcelot
    • Sir Tristram and the Fair Iseult
    • Geraint and Enid
    • Sir Gawain and Lady Ragnell
    • Sir Percivale of Wales
    • The Story of Launcelot and Elaine
  • Book Three: The Quest of the Holy Grail
    • How the Holy Grail came to Camelot
    • The First Adventures of Sir Galahad
    • The Adventures of Sir Percivale
    • The Adventures of Sir Bors de Gannis
    • The Adventures of Sir Launcelot
    • How Launcelot and Gawain came to Carbonek
    • The End of the Quest
  • Book Four: The Departing of Arthur
    • Launcelot and Guinever
    • The Plots of Sir Mordred
    • The Last Battle
  • Epilogue
    • Avalon
For more about the story of King Arthur and my review, see my review on Le Mort d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.

Have you read King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table?  Who was your favorite knight?

Are you going to read King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table?  What do you already know about the tale?

Comment below :)


  1. ooh, have you read the Howard Pyle ones? I haven't read RLG's, but I LOVE Howard Pyles telling of the classic legend.

    1. I have not, but perhaps I'll give it a shot!