Friday, March 9, 2018

The Sword and the Circle

The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round TableThe Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Rosemary Sutcliff

My son and I are reading this together. He usually reads on his own, but something about King Arthur and Lancelot and Guenever and all the jousting and questing seemed to befuddle his understanding, so I offered to read it aloud. There is a nostalgic pang here, as we used to read all our books together, but I'm also relieved that he can and does read on his own.

Regardless of whether he reads independently or we read together, we discuss the book. But when we read together, things are livelier and usually funnier. My soon-to-be-11-year-old is not greatly impressed with Arthur & Co. "Why do they always have to fall in love with married ladies? Aren't there any single ladies in Camelot?"

And then there is the wanton slaughter. "Questing" typically results in a pile of dead knights. In our most recent story of "Geraint and Enid" the hero slays first two challengers, then three, then four, and finally four score. Quite the body count! It's probably a good thing that chivalry is dead, because if not, we all would be.

Beaton, Kate. "The Black Prince." Hark, a Vagrant. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2018.

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