The King of the Middle March

The King of the Middle March

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Venice, 1201. Thousands of soldiers muster in readiness for what will be the Fourth Crusade. Young Arthur de Caldicot, squire to Lord Stephen, is thrilled to be part of this gathering; but his eyes are soon opened to the realities of warfare and politics. The Arthur who returns home two years later has looked in his seeing stone and realized the exploits of King Arthur are no more glorious than the crusaders', and the Holy Grail is elusive. He has other things on his mind, too - he wrestles with difficult relationships with his father, the violent Sir William, and churlish elder brother, dreams of finding his mother, worries about his impending betrothal and looks forward to being lord of his own manor. This is a vivid and enchanting picture of daily life in medieval times, shot through with the magic of the Arthurian legends. Murder, warfare, romance, tragedy, the complexity of the conflict between Christianity and Islam, all these are elements in a story filled with drama and colour. Longer and more substantial than the first two books, this is a marvellous ending to a trilogy that has captivated its more

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  • 9+
  • Audio cassette
  • 105 x 140 x 17mm | 130g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752860283
  • 9780752860282

About Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in l985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Samuel West, the son of Timothy West and Prunella Scales, has appeared in films ranging from Notting Hill to Iris, on television in Persuasion and Prince Caspian and on stage (including an acclaimed Hamlet for the RSC). Radio work includes The Merchant of Venice, Poetry Please and Richard II (as Richard).show more