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The story of King Arthur and his knights
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911.
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Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum, [1984]

Physical Description:
xvi, 2 unnumbered pages, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
First published 1903.
Reading Level:
1430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.4 21.0 506.

Reading Counts RC High School 11 34 Quiz: 13333 Guided reading level: NR.
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PZ8.1.P994 ST 1984 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Relates how Arthur became king, won a queen, and came to establish the Round Table.

Author Notes

Howard Pyle was born March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle was a Quaker and attended the Friends' School in Wilmington. At sixteen he began three years of daily commutes to Philadelphia in order to study under the Belgian artist Van der Weilen. After three years of study, he set up a studio in Wilmington and helped his father in his leather business while beginning his fledgling career as an illustrator. His earliest work was published in Scribner's Monthly in 1876. He moved to New York, where he was associated to some extent with the Art Students' league of New York City during 1876-77. His early illustrations, short stories and poems appeared in the leading New York periodicals in 1876-79. He was also an artist and writer for Harpers Weekly. Pyle's color pictures appeared in issues of Century, Everybody's and Harpers monthly magazines from 1900 to 1911.

Pyle devoted his art work almost entirely to the production of illustrations which appeared in periodicals and books. He also shared his views and skills with the student body at his 1896 classes at the Drexel Institute of Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia, his summer classes at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his own school in Wilmington, Delaware - started in 1903. Pyle's students were to revolutionize the illustration world. Today they are collectively known as The Brandywine School.

Pyle is the author and illustrator of the following works: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Nottinghamshire published in 1883; Within the Capes published in 1885; Pepper and Salt, or Seasoning for Young Folk published in 1887; The Rose of Paradise also published in 1887; The Wonder Clock or Four and Twenty Marvelous Tales published in 1888; Otto of the Silver Hand also published in 1888; A Modern Aladdin published in 1891); Men of Iron, a Romance of Chivalry published in 1892; Jack Ballister's Fortune published in 1894; Twilight Land published in 1895; and The Garden Behind the Moon published in 1895.

In 1910, Howard Pyle relocated his family to Florence, Italy where he hoped to study and pursue the painting of murals. It was his second trip abroad. On November 9 of 1911, he suddenly became ill and died of a kidney infection at the age of 58. His ashes were interred there.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

The Book of King Arthur
Part I The Winning Of Kinghood
Chapter First "How Sir Kay did Combat in a Great Tournament at London Town and of How He Break His Sword. Likewise, How Arthur Found a New Sword For Him"
Chapter Second How Arthur Twice Performed the Miracle of the Sword Before Sir Ector and of How His Birthright Was Discovered Unto Him
Chapter Third How Several Kings and High Dukes Assayed to Draw the Sword Out of the Anvil and How They Failed. Likewise How Arthur Made the Assay and Succeeded Therein
Part II The Winning Of A Sword
Chapter First "How There Came a Certain Wounded Knight Unto the Court of King Arthur, How a Young Knight of the King's Court Sought To Avenge Him and Failed and How the King Thereupon Took That Assay Upon Himself"
Chapter Second How King Arthur Fought With the Sable Knight and How He Was Sorely Wounded. Likewise How Merlin Brought Him Safe Away From the Field of Batttle
Chapter Third How King Arthur Found a Noble Sword In a Very Wonderful Manner. And How He Again Fought With It and Won That Battle
Part III The Winning Of A Queen
Chapter First "How King Arthur Went to Tintagalon with Four of His Court, and How He Disguised Himself for a Certain Purpose"
Chapter Second How King Ryence Came to Cameliard and How King Arthur Fought With the Duke of North Umber
Chapter Third How King Arthur Encountered Four Knights and of What Befell Thereby
Chapter Fourth How the Four Knights Served the Lady Guinevere
Chapter Fifth "How King Arthur Overcame the Enemies of King Leodegrance, and How His Royalty Was Proclaimed"
Chapter Sixth How King Arthur Was Wedded in Royal State and How the Round Table Was Established The Book of Three Worthies
Part I The Story Of Merlin
Chapter First "How Queen Morgana le Fay Meditated Evil Against King Arthur and How She Sent a Damsel Beguile the Enchanter, Merlin"
Chapter Second "How Merlin Journeyed With Vivien Unto the Valley of Foyousness and How He Builded for Her a Castle at That Place. Also, How Her Taught Her the Wisdom of Magic and of How She Compassed His Downfall Thereby"
Chapter Third "How Queen Morgana le Fay Returned to Camelot and to the Court With Intent to Do Ill Will to King Arthur, Also How King Arthur and Others Went a-Hunting and of What Befell Thereby"
Chapter Fourth "What Befell Sir Accalon, and How King Arthur Fought an Affair-at-Arms With Swords, and How He Came Nigh to Losing His Life Thereby"
Part II The Story Of Sir Pellias
Chapter First How Queen Guinevere Went a-Maying and of How Sir Pellias Took Upon Him a Quest in Her Behalf
Chapter Second "How Sir Pellias Overcame a Red Knight, Hight Sir Adresack, and of How He Liberated XXII Captives From That Knights Castle"
Chapter Third "How Sir Pellias Did Battle With Sir Engamore, Otherwise the Knight of the Green Sleeves, and of What Befell the Lady Ettard"
Chapter Fourth "How Queen Guinevere Quarrelled With Sir Gawaine, and How Sir Gawaine Left the Court of King Arthur For a While"
Chapter Fifth How Sir Gawaine Met Sir Pellias and How He Promised to Aid Him With the Lady Ettard
Chapter Sixth How the Lady of the Lake Took Back Her Necklace From Sir Pellias
Part III The Story Of Sir Gawaine
Chapter First "How a White Hart Appeared Before King Arthur, and How Sir Gawaine and Gaheris, His Brother, Went in Pursuit Thereof, and of What Befell Them in That Quest"
Chapter Second "How King Arthur Became Lost in the Forest, and How He Fell Into a Very Singular Adventure in a Castle Unto Which He Came"
Chapter Third "How King Arthur Overcame the Knight-Enchanter, and How Sir Gawaine Manifested the High Nobility of His Knighthood"