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By: Margery Hargest Jones

Tales of King Arthur And His Knights of the Round Table

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"Since the appearance of Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia Regum Britanniae' around 1135, The Arthurian legends had rapidly acquired popularity in England as well as in France, where Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France developed the tradition at a highly sophisticated level.

In no time at all, King Arthur had come to embody every contemporary ideal of knighthood and kingship. Many stories were told, most of them mythical, but in their day they were accepted as historical fact and eagerly retold by writers and poets.

Whilst Geoffrey of Monmouth had collected old Celtic legends and written the first popular account of King Arthur, Robert Wace was the first to mention the Round Table, where no one Knight had precedence.

By the 1170s, as a result of royal interest, the Arthurian legends had become enormously popular, both at Court and throughout England, and indeed Christendom. It became fashionable for knights and ladies to emulate the chief characters, whose Chivalric ethic reflected the aristocratic values of the twelfth century."


Adapted and taken from the book by Alison Weir called 'Eleanor of Aquitaine, By the Wrath of God, Queen of England', published by Jonathan Cape.

Margery Hargest Jones is a retired school and music teacher. She is also a folksong collector and arranger who has had several folksong books published which are on the singing examination syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
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  • Tales from the Dragon's Lair

    I loved reading Tales of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Margery Hargest Jones. The author set out to make a more understandable version of the Arthurian legends so that even young, modern readers would enjoy them. As a huge Arthur fan, I have read several of these legends in various formats and languages, and I am very happy to say Margery Hargest Jones more than achieved what she set out to do with this bundle. It's a highly enjoyable read, the tales are well written and easy to follow, without diverting too much from the original. Truly one of the best adaptations I'm aware of. I will be sure to check out other works by this author as I see we have more interests in common.

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