In this enchanting version of the story of King Arthur, the renowned American illustrator and storyteller Howard Pyle displays his unique talent for capturing and stimulating the imaginations of the young. Inventively retold and vividly illustrated, these stories describe the perilous and thrilling adventures of King Arthur and his knights in that glorious age of chivalry and honor. After showing how Arthur established his right to the throne by drawing the sword from the anvil, the author then relates the story of Arthur's battle with the Sable Knight and his securing the sword Excalibur ― "the most beautiful and the most famous sword in all the world." He tells of Arthur's confrontations with the Duke of North Umber and Sir Pellias, describes King Arthur's wooing and wedding the Lady Guinevere, and tells of the establishment of the Round Table. Tales are told, too, of Arthur's knights, including Merlin the Wise, Sir Pellias (or the Gentle Knight) and of course, Sir Gawaine. One of the key points in the book is Arthur's search for the answer to the riddle "What is it that a woman most desires?" with his life at stake. This is the definitive children's version of the Arthurian legend, for generations a special favorite with youngsters of all ages. Its reputation, richly deserved, rests as much upon the illustrations as on the delightful tales themselves. And no wonder, for as an illustrator of children's books, Pyle had no peer. Bold and unforgettable as only Pyle's skilled hand could make them, these drawings convey at a glance the whole aura of that splendid age and help to make this a book that boys and girls will cherish for years to come. These stories have inspired numerous film adaptations, including the 2017 release Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, and Annabelle Wallis.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Says Sterling Unabridged Classics, but on the title page, indicates that it is abridged. Not happy about that, since I was specifically looking for an unabridged version. The actual book just says Sterling Classics.
I bought this book because I liked it as a child, and my children are of an age when they can appreciate it. I won't discuss the story, because it's been done quite well by others...
My question about this book, is that is being marketed as unabridged. HOWEVER, on the copyright page, it clearly states "abridged by Tania Zamorksy", and the Summary begins with "An abridged version..."
So, is it abridged, or not? The link states it's unabridged, the reviews state it's unabridged - my picture matches their picture...so beware; you may want to find another copy that is truly unabridged.
But, it's a great story, so I gave it 4 stars!
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