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 Arthurs battle with the Sable Knight and his securing the sword Excalibur the most beautiful and the most famous sword in the world. He tells of Arthurs confrontations with the Duke of North Umber and Sir Pellias, describes King Arthurs wooing and wedding of Lady Guinevere, and tells of the establishment of the Round Table. Tales are told, too, of Arthurs 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 Arthurs search for the answer to the riddle “What is it that a woman most desires?” Unabridged and unaltered republication of the 1st (1903) edition, 41 illustrations.