The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

Our rating: ****

This is the second book of Howard Pyle’s stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This volume tells of Sir Launcelot of the Lake and his first meeting with King Arthur (where he is made a knight) and how he rode errant with Sir Lionel of Britian and Sir Ector, and the many adventures that befell them. Then Pyle tells the story of young Sir Tristram and how he suffered greatly from court plots. Finally, we meet Sir Percival, whose happy life is blighted by tragedy. Strewn with jousts, chivalry, fighting and adventure, this is a great book.

Trust me, my review doesn’t do the book justice. There is so much more to it! I really appreciate how Howard Pyle doesn’t even include the possibility of Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere having a “Camelot” type relationship. (Those who have seen Camelot the movie will understand what I mean.) I really enjoyed these books, and it was from them that I first learned that one could be “greatly be-dizzied” from a buffet on the head. This book is a classic from beginning to end, and it even has great illustrations! (That’s hard to beat.) Please read these books. A wonderful experience lies right inside the cover. All you have to do is open it and begin!

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