King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy #3) [NOOK Book]

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Kevin Crossley-Holland's award-winning Arthur trilogy comes to its triumphant and moving close -- now in paperback!

Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it's now, when Arthur's future should be clearest, that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed threaten the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to Winnie remains uncertain, as his search for ...
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Overview

Kevin Crossley-Holland's award-winning Arthur trilogy comes to its triumphant and moving close -- now in paperback!

Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it's now, when Arthur's future should be clearest, that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed threaten the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to Winnie remains uncertain, as his search for his birth mother is stymied by his vicious father. And his seeing stone shows him the last days of King Arthur's court -- a great dream destroyed, but also a glorious legend rising from the ruins. Likewise in this book, Arthur becomes a man worthy of his kingly name.

Arthur de Caldicot, on his way to becoming a man, witnesses the horrors of the Fourth Crusade in Venice and Zara, as well as the downfall of King Arthur's court, in his seeing stone.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Third in the Arthur trilogy, King of the Middle March by Kevin Crossley-Holland begins amidst attempts to launch a European crusade against the Saracens. Young Arthur-who views the actions of the legendary king through the magic stone of the launch title, The Seeing Stone-struggles to understand why Saracens are sworn enemies and to deal with his tempestuous father. In a starred review of the series debut, PW called Arthur a "clever, ethical and passionate hero." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The third installment of the Arthur trilogy completes Arthur's journey from boy to man and ties all the loose ends that have kept reader's attention in the past two books. It has all the verve and action that is missing from book two. Arthur de Caldicot, recently knighted, finally embarks on the Fourth Crusade with his antagonistic father Sir William, Lord Stephen De Holt, his foster brother Sir Serle, and loyal friend and squire Bertie. Recently betrothed to the winsome Winnie De Verdon, Arthur is loathe to leave her and the comfort of home but anxious to take up the cross of God and battle the evil Saracens. A layover in Venice to secure sailing vessels and finances from the Doge and a battle to liberate the people of Zara reveals to Arthur that there are shades of gray in war and that battle is dirty and bloody, and that evil is not so easily defined. Arthur still carries with him his obsidian stone that he turns to for comfort and guidance. As the idyllic era of Camelot begins to unravel with the betrayal of Sir Lancelot and the vengeance of King Arthur it parallels events in Arthur's world where glorious deeds and altruistic motives are often mired in greed and self service. The search for his mother still consumes Arthur and an encounter with his father comes to a tragic ending. This multi-layered novel rich in medieval detail and with strong, well-defined characters is brilliantly written. The story of the two Arthurs is expertly interwoven and readers are rewarded with an exciting adventure with a satisfying ending. Arthur De Caldicot comes of age and rightly takes his place as a fair and noble king. 2004, Arthur A Levine Books, Ages 14 up.
—Beverley Fahey
KLIATT
After two and half years, the final installment of Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy is complete. Picking up after Book Two ends, the Fourth Crusade (1202) and the legend of King Arthur are interwoven into the story of now 16-year-old Arthur de Caldecot, who is being called by his real name, Arthur de Gortanore. Book Three offers little summary of the previous books and instead begins in the middle of Arthur's service to Lord Stephen as the Fourth Crusade musters in Venice, Italy. Arthur becomes a knight and learns what it means to be a part of a large multinational army. But the business of preparing for battle is not as honorable as he thinks it should be; and when his father Sir William de Gortanore arrives, Arthur is further troubled to be related to such a disagreeable man. There is infighting among the troops, including a disturbing scene in which a young boy is trussed and put into a catapult, and personal conflict involving Arthur's difficult father. Arthur still carries his obsidian stone and follows the life of the legendary King Arthur, the search for the Holy Grail and the final battles that destroy Camelot. Along with Arthur is Bertie, a 13-year-old squire; Serle, Arthur's older cousin; and Simona, the Venetian shipbuilder's daughter. It is not until the end of the story that the mysteries surrounding Arthur's parentage, which are significant in Book Two, are resolved and the surprising connection to King Arthur is revealed. (Arthur Trilogy, Book 3). KLIATT Codes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, 432p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
VOYA
Crossley-Holland concludes his Arthur Trilogy with this magnificently written medieval historical fiction blended with Arthurian legend. In 1201, Arthur accompanies Sir Stephen to Venice to requisition boats for the Fourth Crusade and is finally knighted. Arthur's keen observations and insight allow the reader to see and hear the sounds of foreign lands and varied peoples, lending the novel credence and immediacy. Arthur's seeing stone, a gift from Merlin, continues to reveal to him the tales of King Arthur and his knights. The knights' adventures frequently parallel those of Arthur, as do the circumstances of King Arthur's life, such as his parentage. Arthur gleans knowledge both about himself and life in general from these visions. Rich characterizations, glorious descriptions, and authentic vocabulary (a glossary appears at the back of the book) effectively evoke medieval life for the reader. Arthur's feelings for his family and his betrothed echo those of all teenagers. His fear of battle and worries about being a good knight also reflect his commonality with other young adults. Especially timely are Arthur's observations about the Saracens and their religion; he does not understand why people use religion as a reason to kill each other, an unusual sentiment for a Crusader. Short chapters and lots of action make it a quick read, although readers who have not read the first two books in the trilogy will be somewhat lost. Young adults interested in the Middle Ages, the Crusades, and King Arthur will find this series enthralling to read. VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 407p.; Glossary., Ages 12 to 18.
—Rachelle Bilz
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A glorious and uplifting conclusion to the trilogy. As before, Arthur de Caldicot tells his story, which this time finds the teen on an island off the coast of Venice waiting for a Crusade to begin. He is full of both wonder at his surroundings and the multinational band of men and anxiety over what is expected of him. Arthur is knighted and takes his oath to defend God seriously, but he is conflicted to learn that the Saracens are educated and devout people not unlike the Europeans. At the forefront of his thoughts is Merlin's admonition to keep asking questions. When money and politics wreak havoc with the plans for the Crusade, Arthur becomes disillusioned, and he faces a crisis of faith when the Venetians bring the Crusaders into an internal conflict to siege the city of Zara. Concurrently, Sir Stephen, Arthur's lord, is wounded and must be taken home to England, and because of duty, Arthur takes him and leaves the Crusade. Parallel to Arthur's own quest is that of legendary King Arthur and the Grail knights, whom Arthur watches in his seeing stone. He watches as Camelot is thrown into chaos, and he learns that not all battle ends in glory and that treachery exists even there. In a return home at Easter that is full of symbolism, Arthur finds answers to lifelong questions. Whether readers are familiar with the two previous Arthur sagas or not, they will be gratified by the majestic resolution to the parallel stories of Sir Arthur's coming of age and King Arthur's demise.-Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Concluding a trilogy that began with The Seeing Stone (2001) and continued with At the Crossing-Places (2002), this handsome, beautifully written volume weaves several threads into a magnificent whole. Young Arthur de Caldicot journeys on the Fourth Crusade in 1201, observes the spectacle of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the seeing stone Merlin gave him, and returns home, having grown into his name, as Merlin has said he must. It's a rich and wise tale, full of moral questioning: Is poverty in God's plan? Are all Saracens evil? Do innocent and helpless people always get caught up in war? Mentors along the way help Arthur to see and learn, and as Arthur returns to his inherited estate Catmole, curiously similar in name to Camelot, he knows he must create a humane fellowship among the people of his manor. Superb writing, prodigious research, a wealth of detail, and fine bookmaking make these the best tales of the Middle Ages for young readers, an epic they will hate to see end. (cast of characters, author's note, word list, calendar) (Fiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545231763
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Arthur Trilogy , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 457,966
  • File size: 572 KB

Table of Contents

1 Sword and Scimitar 1
2 God's Army 2
3 Hover, Then Swoop 8
4 Sea-Feast 10
5 Chin-pie and a Miserable Wood Louse 15
6 Galleys and Transports 19
7 Glass Venetians 21
8 However Hard We Try 22
9 Nothing is Easy 25
10 Fighting-Fear 28
11 Enemies of God 31
12 Of the Body, of the Heart 35
13 Something Very Nasty 38
14 Catching Fever 40
15 A Mother to Find 42
16 Sarachen Traders 47
17 My Shining Promise 53
18 A Little March Miracle 57
19 Winnie's Letter 61
20 The Greatest Name of any Knight 65
21 Wax and Diamond 74
22 Merlin, Questioning 77
23 Sir Arthur 78
24 Still Burning 85
25 At the Stork 88
26 Lifeblood 90
27 At Last 93
28 Instruments of the Devil 95
29 Your True Believer 97
30 The Wheel of Fortune 100
31 The Youngest and the Oldest 105
32 Seeing Eye to Eye 108
33 Deep Waters 114
34 To Lead You and Look After You 116
35 Cheeks and Strutting Peacocks 120
36 Not Asking the Question 121
37 The Lesser of Two Evils 127
38 Love and Lemon 129
39 Embarkation 133
40 The Vermilion Galley 137
41 Heaven's Messengers 139
42 Disaster 141
43 Bleeding by Night and Day 145
44 So Many Tongues 150
45 Two Balls 151
46 Lacrimae Rerum 152
47 More Dead Than Alive 154
48 The Poisoned Apple 159
49 Accusations 167
50 A Bag of Winds 171
51 Heels over Head 172
52 Old Wounds 175
53 Sir Urry 177
54 Night-Lights 183
55 Zara 185
56 Tact and Tactics 188
57 Behind Our Backs 192
58 Feet First 196
59 Gossip-Wind 200
60 Ready to Die 202
61 A Little, Flailing, Biting, Whimpering Thing 207
62 Thrown 210
63 Grim and Ugly and Vile 213
64 Into the Flames 219
65 The Dark-Eyed Doll 224
66 Divided in Itself 232
67 This Is Going to Hurt 233
68 Jihad 239
69 Miserere Mei 244
70 The Spirit-Garden 245
71 Lady, We Thank You 248
72 The Heart-in-Waiting 251
73 Ivory and Gold and Obsidian 253
74 Nothing but Pawns 256
75 An Olive Branch 260
76 The Pope's Letter 265
77 Byzantine Eyes 268
78 Combat 270
79 Deserters 276
80 Half a Horse Blanket 278
81 Blood-Blade 280
82 A Little We Die 283
83 Hundreds and Hundreds of Miles 286
84 Nothing Lasts 292
85 Give Them Hope 294
86 Alive! 297
87 By Fair Means or Foul 298
88 Boy-Girl 302
89 My Own Son 304
90 Head-Line and Heart-Line 306
91 Great Beds, and Other Wonders 313
92 Wail as You Will 318
93 In My Blood and Bone 320
94 At Sea 323
95 Hiraeth 325
96 A Path of Feathers 327
97 Vessels of the Spirit 333
98 In Your Green Care 337
99 The Voice of an Angel 342
100 Knowledge of Good and Evil 344
101 The Most Bitter Day 347
102 I Just Don't Know! 352
103 Down to the Water 358
104 Home 361
105 Where Are You Today I Keep Wondering 370
106 Mother Slim and Sister Grace 373
107 Digging 381
108 The King Who Was and Will Be 383
109 Such High Happiness 386
110 My Mother 388
111 Each One of Us 392
112 The King in Yourself 397
Word List 403
Calendar 407
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    Not good

    It was a very dissapointing book compared to the other two in the series.I expected something better.It doesn't have a good plot.It has a lot of boring parts.It doesn't really capture your imagination like the other two books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    It was o.k.

    While reading this book i felt that even in the begining the author did not know where to take this book

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Crusade is a brave and bold choice of destination for the Arth


    Crusade is a brave and bold choice of destination for the Arthur trology to end. And as the crusade ends in a farce at best, a tragedy at worst, it a humble place to reboot as well.

    Let us not forget the Round Table. As it is not merely for boys to grow up. It is for human being to relate to each other.

    Personall and globall.

    Long live the King ( and the Queen as applicably now) Lovely vivid for boys, girls n all those who's young at heart:)

    Wing WW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Great Book

    This book was probably one of the best about king arthur i ever read, i liked how it had, in a way, two king arthurs but both in different times. It is a great book with comedy, action, and a bit of romance. This book has many twists and turns that keep the reader into the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    beautiful.

    It was fabulous and I love the way it displayed the crusades and his reaction to everything. After reading the first two books, I fell in love with Arthur and his story, so this one only made it better. You could watch Arthur grow into who he is-- into a king. When it ended, I wanted it to go on-- I still want it to go on! Sheer Delight. p.s. Gabby is the coolest. Seriously, she is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Excellent

    This book, in conjunction with the other 2 Arthur books was one of the best trilogys i've ever read. the way this last book wrapped thing up (ie:finding his mother, inheireting catmole, finishing the seeingstone story, ect.).over all, this novel was an excellent read and i hope i can find more books like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    I loved this book!

    This book was just as great as the other two, and I was quite happy with the result. Now that the trilogy is finished I don't know what I'll do. But go read this book! And the other two in the trilogy; you definitely won't be dissapointed.

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