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The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady [Mass Market Paperback]

Gerald Morris
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June 12 2001
Sir Gawain and his squire Terence have set off on another adventure, only to be deterred by a surprise disaster. As a result, Gawain must meet with the invincible Green Knight in a contest that could easily be Gawain’s last.

But the road to impending death is never easy, and theirs is filled with danger and mishaps. Along the way Gawain and Terence cross paths with many odd men. Even odder creatures from the Other World will teach Terence about his past, and perhaps a little about his future. Gawain and Terence must rescue a not-too-typical damsel-in-distress, Lady Eileen, from the evil Marquis of Alva. In Lady Eileen, Terence may have met his match, in more than one way.

One thing is certain: when Gawain and Terence finally encounter the Green Knight, it will be the knight’s turn to be surprised.

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From Publishers Weekly

Of this sequel to A Squire's Tale, based on Arthurian legend, PW said, "For those who like their adventures fast and flip, this questing comedy is good sport." Ages 12-up. (June) n
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Young Terence, squire to Sir Gawain, can't deny that things at Camelot are changing--and not for the better. Handsome new knight Sir Lancelot has eclipsed Gawain's star and also has won the heart of Queen Guinevere, sending courtiers into a gossipy frenzy, and beloved King Arthur into a depression. When the mysterious, otherworldly Green Knight issues a daunting challenge, only Gawain accepts, proving his loyalty to Arthur, though embracing potential tragedy. But the quest proves a soul-searching, ultimately rewarding personal pilgrimage. A sequel of sorts to Morris' The Squire's Tale (1998), this delightful interpretation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" stands well on its own. The glory days of knights and quests are brought to life with humor, dimensional characters, exceptionally descriptive prose, and fresh, modern dialogue. Although Morris takes some liberties with the story line and characters--explained in a charming, informative endnote--his novel, with a skillful use of wit and drama, illustrates that heroes of life and literature are by no means diminished by human folly. Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Arthurian story! July 30 2002
By Sara S.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a delightful tale! The dialogue was great, the characters likeable, and the plot was excellent--an Arthurian story juiced up by Morris.
Squire Terence is not happy with the changes that have come over Camelot. Silly and superficial Queen Guinevere is in the midst of an affair with equally silly and superficial Lancelot. Noble King Arthur is depressed and has no idea what to do about it. Court life is boring and the wild gossip is at a crescendo. When the Otherworldly Green Knight comes to court with the proposal for a "game", Gawain (Terence's knight) is the only knight brave enough to accept and save Arthur's life. In a year's time he will meet up with the Green Knight and inevitably meet his doom. So Terence and Gawain set out on the quest to find the strange knight and meet an assortment of quirky characters, including Lady Eileen, who ends up traveling with them on their quest. Terence and Eileen actually don't get along well at all. They have many adventures, but the year is ending soon and they have no idea where the Green Chapel, home of the Green Knight, is. They come to a castle, which they find out is not far from the Green Chapel at all. Here Gawain plays a game, and finds out the meaning of honor. When he finally meets the Green Knight once more, he learns the meaning of shame. And when he has to pass two unexpected tests, he learns his own worthiness.
A wonderful read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like drama, romance, or just a well-spun tale, I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady March 19 2002
Format:Hardcover
The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady is a delightful book full of humor, action, and a little romance. The tale revolves around the knight Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, and his squire Terance. Around Christmas time, Camelot's celebration was rudely interrupted by the Roman delegation. The ambassador's words and actions greatly angered King Arthur enough to declare war. The festivities were barely underway when there was a second interruption. This time it was the Green Knight from the Green Chapel. In the end, Sir Gawain takes Arthur's place in meeting the Green Knight's challenge. Little did he know that it would end up leading him into one of his greatest adventures, and a contest that can lead to his death.
The adventures of Gawain and Terance were many and kept this book interesting. My favorite adventures happened along the way to the Green Chapel where Terance and Gwain met and assortment of characters. The most interesting to me was the "Dreaded Huntsman of Anglesey," whose comic story gave new meaning to how rumors spread and is embellished. Eccentric Parsifal was another of my favorites because he showed great perseverance in wanting to be a knight. A delightful and strong woman was Lady Eileen, who Terance rescued from the villainous Marquis of Alva. Last, but not least, there was the unforgettable Sir Bercilak and his Lady wife, from whom Gawain learns a lesson in shame.
The lessons of loyalty, strength, bravery, and compassion are seen in nearly all books of similar genre, but to learn the hardest lessons of life like shame, sacrifice, humbleness, and forgiveness makes this book stand out from the other books I've read. It was very difficult to find fault with this book and the valuable lessons it teaches us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Arthurian books I've ever read. April 3 2000
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I picked this up on my second pass through the library, because Arthurian legend is not really my niche. And boy am I glad I did!
Shortly after the arrival of pretty-boy womanizer Lancelot, who immediately begins an affair with Queen Guinevere, an otherworldly knight called simply the "Green Knight" arrives to challenge one of Arthur's knights. Terence's master Gawain volunteers, and in a year must sacrifice his own life.
Along the way to pay Gawain's debt, he and Terence meet up with a bizarre bunch of people, both of this world and the Otherworld. They also pick up a young woman named Eileen, independent and sharp-tonged, before arriving at the Green Knight's abode to be taught a lesson.
Terence and Gawain are excellent characters, ironic and fresh and completely loyal to their king and country. King Arthur himself sheds the stuffiness of legend and resembles "Star Trek"'s Captain Kirk. Guinevere and Lancelot make you want to slap them, exactly as they're meant to. Eileen reminded me a great deal of Lloyd Alexander's Eilonwy, with her quick wit and mild disdain for any bumbling.
Some references are made to the previous book, which makes it slightly more confusing (first time around I wondered, "Who is Robin?") but not too much. With its mingled drama and comedy, this book is a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy...! March 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was searching the library selves one afternoon because I had nothing better to do. I was bored of reading the same magazines over and over and I longed for some adventure on the rainy days. I found this book on a shelf. I thought it looked boring and was about to put it back but something changed my mind. And boy was I wrong. Don't make my mistake, the old saying is true. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER! (Did I make that clear enough?" I was so impressed by this book, I couldn't put it down. So I snuck into the living room and read all night! This was a big mistake because I couldn't keep my eyes open in school. Before I read these I didn't really care for King Arthur. Now I want to read every book about him and his knights of the Round Table. The book deals with typical problems in life, and then there are the unbelievable parts in the book. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of events, from the challenge of the Green knight to the elfin villiage to the ghost of Sir Gawain's long dead sister, and the battle to get past the test of the sea and the test of the gate. Then this book also takes a serious turn and deals with problems we see today. For example Guenivere (Arthur's wife) messes around with Sir Lancelot and Gawain faces the shame of something, I won't give away. And he must forever were the green girdle to remind him of his mistake. All in all this book rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This book is really funny. It only reminded me a little of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles, though I have heard it called almost the same. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Amarantha
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for anyone...
"The Squire, His Knight and His Lady" is a wonderful, enchanting book that I personally love. Mr. Morris' writing just brings every character to life, and makes you fall in love... Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by Roberta Storrie
3.0 out of 5 stars COPY CAT!!!!!
Sure, it's a good book but please, the whole plot is borrowed. The names, plot, personaliy, everything seems the same as Lloyd Alexander's books. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Take of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Tale
The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady is the stunning sequel to A Squire's Tale that continues with Terence and Gawain's adventures. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Dennis R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, equal sequal!
I was looking in the library for a book and stumbled onto this one and it's sequals. I loved them all! Read more
Published on June 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady in review
I think this book is wonderful. I couldn't put it down. Gerald Morris' writing is amazing. He puts in a lot of humor and I really like that. Read more
Published on May 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST books ever!!!
This book is definatley worth while especially if you like a mixture of medival, fiction, adventure and mystery. Terence has been Gawain's squire for a few years now. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!!
This is the tale of the humbling of Gawain, a legendary knight of the Round Table. It is told through the eyes of Gawain's squire, Terence. Read more
Published on July 29 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel to The Squire's Tale!
Gawain and Terence begin their journeys once again in this sequel to The Squire's Tale. In this book, Gawain is to meet his death by a way that you must read to find out. Read more
Published on May 23 2001 by Maryam
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sir Gawain the Greatest Knight in England"
Terence the main character ia a squire of a great knight named Sir Gawain. Then at dinner one night majestic knight shows up. Read more
Published on March 19 2001
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