The King of the Middle March

The King of the Middle March

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It is 1202, and thousands of knights and footsoldiers are mustering in Venice for the Fourth Crusade. Among them is young Arthur de Caldicot, squire to Lord Stephen. It is thrilling to be part of this huge gathering; but as Christian falls upon Christian and Saracens draw their scimitars, Arthur's eyes are opened to the realities of war. Looking into his seeing stone for guidance, he realises that the exploits of King Arthur and his knights, like those of the crusaders, are as grim as they are glorious. Meanwhile Arthur has his own concerns: Gatty, his betrothal, his dream of finding his mother, his relationship with his violent father and his churlish foster-brother. When he finally returns to England, all he has lost and all he has won come together. War, romance, murder, family quarrels, power politics, the conflict between Christianity and Islam: all these are elements in a story packed with drama and colour. Its vivid picture of daily life in medieval times is shot through with earthy comedy and the magic of the Arthurian legends. Darker and deeper than the first two books, this is a marvellous ending to a trilogy that has utterly captivated its more

Product details

  • 9+
  • CD-Audio
  • 128 x 147 x 26mm | 188g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752860895
  • 9780752860893

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'The last in a trilogy but it stands perfectly on its own and it's beautifully read by Sam West.' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Read by the excellent Sam West, a children's book that adults will find compelling. ' CHOICE 'Samuel West's expressive reading makes the story flow, with the only interruption being snatches of shivery music like falling leaves. A superb audio book for the over 11-s.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'It works especially well read aloud, as you would expect, given Kevin Crossley-Holland's talent as a poet, story-teller and folklorist. Samuel West narrated with a minstrel's grace.' INDEPENDENTshow more

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

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1,513 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 25% (372)
4 40% (608)
3 28% (422)
2 6% (87)
1 2% (24)
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