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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (English Edition) par [Knowles, Sir James]
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Sir James Knowles (1831 – 13 February 1908) was an English architect and editor. He was born in London, the son of architect James Thomas Knowles and himself trained in architecture at University College and in Italy. He designed, amongst other buildings, three churches in Clapham, Lord Tennyson's house at Aldworth, the Thatched House Club, the Leicester Square garden (as restored at the expense of Baron Albert Grant), and Albert Mansions, Victoria Street, Westminster.[1] However, his preferences led him simultaneously into a literary career. In 1860 he published The Story of King Arthur. In 1866 he was introduced to Alfred Lord Tennyson and later agreed to design his new house, Aldworth, on condition there was no fee; this led to a close friendship, Knowles assisting Tennyson in business matters and, among other things, helping to design scenery for The Cup when Henry Irving produced that play in 1880. Knowles became intimate with a number of the most interesting men of the day, and in 1869, with Tennyson's cooperation, he founded the Metaphysical Society, the object of which was to attempt some intellectual rapprochement between religion and science by getting the leading representatives of faith and unfaith to meet and exchange views. Members included Tennyson, Gladstone, W.K.Clifford, W. G. Ward, John Morley, Cardinal Manning, Archbishop Thomson, T. H. Huxley, Arthur Balfour, Leslie Stephen, and Sir William Gull.[1] The society formed the nucleus of the distinguished list of contributors who supported Knowles in his capacity as an editor. In 1870 he succeeded Dean Alford as editor of the Contemporary Review, but left it in 1877 owing to the objection of the proprietors to the insertion of articles (by W.K.Clifford notably) attacking Theism and founded the Nineteenth Century (to the title of which, in 1901, were added the words And After). Both periodicals became very influential under him, and formed the type of the new sort of monthly review which came to occupy the place formerly held by the quarterlies. Inter alia it was prominent in checking the Channel Tunnel project, by publishing a protest signed by many distinguished men in 1882. In 1904 he received the honour of knighthood. He was a considerable collector of works of art. He was married twice, in 1860 to Jane Borradaile, in 1865 to Isabel Hewlett. He died at Brighton and was buried at the Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Arthurian Primer (based on Le Morte d'Arthur). 8 mai 2014
Par Judith Padgett - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the book I would recommend to anyone just beginning to take an interest in Arthurian legend. It is based on Sir Thomas Malory's classic Arthurian work, Le Morte d'Arthur. So you get the same basic story without so many details, and it is easier to read. (It flows more nicely, and it is clearer and more entertaining.) So it is a good book to start out with to give you a basic overview of the story - not that all versions of any given Arthurian romance are the same, however.

The downside is that certain significant things are omitted - things that the author probably found morally objectionable- such as the exact circumstances of how King Arthur's mother Igraine became married to Uther Pendragon. Also, Lancelot and Guinevere's relationship becomes more G-rated in this version. So does Sir Tristram and Isolt's relationship (or Iseult / Isolde - I forget how it's spelled in this version).

Apart from that, however, it's a very good book in it's own right. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending was especially epic.

And if you are a serious Arthurian fan, you'll need to read Le Morte d'Arthur anyway. So you can familiarize yourself with the spicier details of the story that way. (I also highly recommend Beroul's version of The Romance of Tristan for a more in-depth story about Sir Tristram a.k.a Sir Tristan and Iseult the Fair.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More of an Update to Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur 20 septembre 2016
Par Philos - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Sir Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur is probably the best know telling of the Arthurian legend. It was published in the 15th century and has been the basis for many movies. It was a compilation of the known Arthurian tales of that time. Sir Knowles took that work (about 400 years later) and refreshes it in The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights. Therefore, much of what this book contains will be very familiar to the reader if they have read Malory's work. Sir Knowles collaborated with Lord Alfred Tennyson in the conception and execution of this book.

In the foreword, Knowles' Wife writes that Lord Tennyson referred to himself as the foremost scholar of the Arthurian legends and said that Knowles was perhaps the next behind him. A bit pretentious perhaps but it does give a bit of a pedigree to the contents. Don't let that dissuade you from adding this work to your collection. I have not read Le Morte D'Arthur for some time but it certainly seems that Sir Knowles has added a few stories and tales that perhaps were not available to Sir Malory. I do not recall them at any rate and would need to do a side by side to verify that. All in all this a nice collection of Arthurian tales and stories. It is certainly well worth the price, "free".
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Very Victorian Arthur 23 janvier 2012
Par Danny Norbury - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are many versions of Arthur and the boys that are worth reading; Le Morte d'Arthur, Four Arthurian Romances, or even novelizations and outlandish ones such as Mists of... and Dawn of Avalon. All have something to offer
readers who wish to delve into the rich legends and lore where the rules of Chivalry dictate the action and
in which the exploits of errant knights are captured in all their glory.

In this work by Sir James Knowles, we are treated to these outlandish tales through a very Victorian lens.
While some reviewers may see this as a deterrent, I found that this perspective took very little
away from this fine work and, in some ways, enhanced the storytelling to a degree. The detractors focus on what's
not written. The broader influences of Merlin say, or the omission of certain tales (the green knight), or how
the dalliances of Lancelot are written in such a way to suggest it was a misunderstanding and not an affair. But
understand, while I too wish these were more plainly wrought, there is still much here to enjoy.

Many other sources may have a leg up (Pyle's three book narrative especially) but there is a certain preciousness
or innocence to these works that Sir James manages to capture that in some ways surpasses these works in terms of
romantic ideals. And, honestly, the courtly romance is truly what is at the heart of all Arthurian legends. The
epic adventures are nothing without the grounding of the courtly, chivalrous love that inspires them.

To a modern reader, this may be a point of frustration. It is hard for us to look upon the actions the knights
have to take to fulfill their promises without a certain amount of cynicism. Most will roll their eyes each time
a night promises to fulfill an obligation to a woman without first ascertaining if the woman is true or if she is
not a woman but a witch, etc. But again, it is the utter idealization of Arthur's court and the romantic notions
winding their way through the symbolic adventures that make these stories worthwhile.

Once you can accept these ideals, you will find the stories themselves to be chock full of adventure. Note that
redundancy is also an issue here. Fights always take an "hour or two", with pages devoted to horse provisions,
damsels are always more than they seem, and all valiant knights of the Round Table face 40/1 odds and always
slay opponents on both the left and the right. These scenes and phrases abound to the point where you often
can find yourself skimming large portions of the action scenes if you are not careful.

At about the 2/3 point, however, Galahad joins the crew and the whole focus of the book shifts. The courtly code
no longer is as obtrusive, and the focus goes from finding adventure to pursuing the holy grail. Here the
supernatural elements seem to become doubled, and each and every page begins to drip with symbolism. Lineages to
ancient biblical figures are established, and Camelot is propelled to full mythic proportions. Fittingly, just as
you begin to accept the godliness of these heroes, their very real humanity destroys them all.

Buying any Arthurian romance is worth the price of admission (in my opinion anyway). "Buying" it here as a free
E-read is even better. There are some disappointments with the format. Chapters are not as clean and the
many illustrations are described but are not to be found. However, these are available to view on the net if you
insist on seeing them. And as I said earlier, there are many versions available for purchase that can meet your
needs and many of them are free/public domain as well. But if you want to take a quick, accessible dive this
e-book will be a great first step into the realm of Camelot.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good Read With Plenty Of Adventure! 25 août 2014
Par Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The book begins with King Vortigern being told
of an enemy approaching. He orders that a
castle be built within 100 days as a refuge from
the oncoming attack. The story leads into a
tremendous battle between dragons in a lake
environment.

Merlin predicts that the outcome of the battle
represents Britain's eventual decline. The stories
build up to the end of King Arthur's reign due to
the war with Sir Lancelot.

The story is thoroughly engaging for readers everywhere.
The verse is written in an "Old English" colloquial style which
adds to the interesting aspect of the stories presented.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice Book of the Arthurian Saga 20 février 2015
Par Blue Dog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a good sized, thick book with torn edge paper. It has the feel of an adult book, but is meant for kids.

The illustrations are black and white and ofter are made to look like manuscript illuminations (but B&W) and many have a Celtic intertwined motif that I find enjoyable. Arthur was a Celt, after all, and the English were Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who invaded fertile farmlands which they took for their own forcing the Celt inhabitants to Wales and Cornwall, both with little desirable farmland. I laugh when I see Hollywood calling Arthur King of England. He fought the English bitterly if we believe he existed at all. Arthur became popular after the Viking Normans conquered England and Arthur was celebrated as the fighter of the people who took the Celts place, and were now being displaced. Compare with Robin Hood (Saxons were the good guys and Normans were the bad guys) for the other side of the story.

There are 14 chapters here that cover the usual suspect in Arthurian lore.

If I had to criticize it at all, I would say it is a little cramped in presentation and presents itself as if it has more inertia than a more modern book. Personally, I like that but some might view this as a bit dated. Guess what? It is old-fashioned, and closer to the feel of the original stories.
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