The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 2001
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Amarantha
"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 morePublished on June 12 2003 by Roberta Storrie
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 morePublished on Nov. 26 2002
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 2002 by DEMartin
I was looking in the library for a book and stumbled onto this one and it's sequals. I loved them all! Read morePublished on June 28 2002
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 morePublished on May 31 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 2001
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 morePublished on July 29 2001
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 morePublished on May 23 2001 by Maryam