by Isabel Wyatt
Enter a world of duels and jousting, where knights battle to protect the honour of fair maidens and defend King Arthur's castle. Knights meet in fellowship at Camelot, and are entertained with feasting and pageantry. Honour and chivalry are valued above all else, and courageous knights fight strange, unearthly foes to prove themselves worthy of a place at King Arthur's table.
These ancient tales have been told since the fifth century when Welsh bards travelled the country entertaining lords and ladies with stories and songs. They were retold in verse by Chretien de Troyes in his twelfth-century Le Morte d'Arthur, and in prose by Sir Thomas Malory in the fifteenth century.
Now, renowned storyteller Isabel Wyatt presents her own fresh retelling of a selection of these fascinating legends.
Recommended for ages 9 - 15 years; ideal for Grade 6 or 7.
Softcover, 168 pages. 216 x 138 mm.
Table of Contents
Medieval Storyteller's Invocation
The Welsh Bards and their Ancient Celtic Stories
The Lady of the Fountain
Marie de France and her Breton Lays
The Lay of Sir Lanval
Chretien de Troyes and his French Verse-Romances
The Knight of the Cart
Sir Thomas Malory and his English Prose-Romances
The Story of Sir Gareth
Isabel Wyatt was born in England in 1901. She spent many years teaching young children and was then, until her retirement in 1965, co-director of studies at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire. She compiled many books for children, including The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book, The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book, Homer's Odyssey, King Beetle-Tamer, The Book of Fairy Princes and Norse Hero Tales. She died in 1992.
'Wyatt's knack for addressing a young audience is exceptional. She tells the great legends with a simple tone but manages to maintain the wide-eyed awe for these stories that any storyteller must have in order to hold an audience in thrall. Legends of King Arthur is one of those rare books that remain fresh and memorable for generations.'
-- Curled Up with a Good Kid's Book, February 2012