Bookmark: Historical Swashbuckling

Part of our Read-a-Thon 2010 highlight posts.

We’ve already touched on historical fiction in a previous post, but this time I want to highlight some of my personal favorites—books which are of a more swashbuckling sort and include castles.

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

First off we have Howard Pyle’s “King Arthur books.” These are my favorite renditions of the classic Arthurian legends. There are four books in all: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions, and The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur. We have the first two books reviewed here on Incredibooks.

The Black Arrow

Another great, and sometimes-overlooked tale, is Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow, which is set during the War of Roses in England.

And what list of swashbuckling tales would be complete without Robin Hood? Here we have not one, but two great versions of the legend.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Outlaws of Sherwood

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