The Squire, His Knight and His Lady (The Squire's Tales Series #2)

The Squire, His Knight and His Lady (The Squire's Tales Series #2)

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by Gerald Morris
     
 

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Squire Terence and Sir Gawain are off questing again, but this time their journey is overshadowed by their ultimate destination: Gawain is to meet up with the Green Knight in a contest that could easily lead to Gawain's death. Along the way the two have a slew of hair-raising adventures and encounter the usual odd assortment of characters, including the plucky

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Squire Terence and Sir Gawain are off questing again, but this time their journey is overshadowed by their ultimate destination: Gawain is to meet up with the Green Knight in a contest that could easily lead to Gawain's death. Along the way the two have a slew of hair-raising adventures and encounter the usual odd assortment of characters, including the plucky Lady Eileen. Sparks instantly fly between Terence and Eileen as she joins the squire and his knight on their travels. As they weave their way between the world of men and the Other World, Gawain and Terence discover much about themselves. The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady is the sequel to Gerald Morris's debut book, The Squire's Tale, about which the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books raved, "This Arthurian road trip will have readers wondering why there aren't more books like this one and hoping that Morris will do it again." And so he has.

Editorial Reviews

Anne St. John
When a giant green knight barrels into the Christmas feast at Camelot and issues a bloody challenge, Terence finds himself at the beginning of another quest as Sir Gawain's squire. Picking up several years after The Squire's Tale (rev. 7/98) leaves off, this Arthurian fantasy weaves several adventures into one, as Terence and Gawain face numerous adversaries, both dangerous and droll, on their way to finding the Knight of the Green Chapel. When Gawain is captured by a murderous marquis, Terence conspires with the lord's plucky niece to free him. Lady Eileen seizes the opportunity to escape from her hated uncle by joining the men for the remainder of their adventure, which leads them into the land of faery, the Other World. There they meet up with a cannibal hag, the legendary hero Cucholinn, a sea monster, and the Green Knight, who owes Gawain a deadly blow. Terence and his companions are spirited characters who face each setback with courage, if not always common sense. Although the novel builds upon plot elements and characters found in the first volume, the story stands well alone. Laced with magic, humor, and chivalry, this reworking of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," in which Gawain learns humility and Terence discovers his true place in the world, provides an engaging introduction to the original tale. --Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-In this welcome sequel to The Squire's Tale (Houghton, 1998), Morris has taken a familiar tale and added humor, pathos, intelligence, and fallibility to the heroes of old in a way that turns them into real people. Readers will sometimes laugh at and sometimes pity, but often love, honor, and respect them. Squire Terence and Sir Gawain are biding their time at King Arthur's court. During a feast, a giant, green knight rides into the hall and suggests a game to amuse the guests: stroke for stroke, he will take a blow unarmed from any knight present who will agree to take a similar blow from him one year hence. Gawain accepts the challenge in order to protect Arthur and proceeds to lop off the green giant's head. The knight sets it back on his shoulders and demands Gawain's presence at the Green Chapel one year later to receive his answering blow. Although Gawain knows that he is doomed, he sets out to find the chapel and meet his fate, accompanied by his faithful squire. During the quest, Gawain and Terence become better friends than ever, and share their adventures with the Lady Eileen, who joins them along the way, first as an annoyance and eventually as a love interest for Terence. By story's end, Terence has a new understanding of his heritage and his future. Fast moving and easy to read, this novel will lure youngsters into wanting to read more about Camelot, while those familiar with the Arthurian legends will enjoy this new interpretation.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to The Squire's Tale (1998) finds Morris's affable young hero, Terence, still serving the legendary Sir Gawain. The kingdom of Camelot, where they are living, is in despair over Queen Guinevere's affair with Sir Lancelot; when Gawain is challenged to meet the Knight of the Green they set off on a new quest. Terence is still young, but he is no longer the novice of the previous novel; when Gawain is imprisoned by the treacherous Marquis of Alva and scheduled for execution, it's up to Terence to save not only his knight, but the beautiful and spirited Lady Eileen. The three of them come upon an enchanted castle, where the lord of the realm turns out to be the Green Knight in disguise: Gawain is forced to pass two additional challenges in order to regain face. There is a well-crafted but tumultuous unfolding of events, and an author's note in which Morris explains his abiding affection and respect for Gawain; this personal touch may send readers straight off to Chaucer. Even Arthur and Guinevere make up in this engaging adventure, an ideal follow-up to the first book and just as full of characters who are brave, loyal, and admirably human. (Fiction. 12-14)

From the Publisher
"Fast moving and easy to read, this novel will lure youngsters into wanting to read about Camelot, while those familiar with the legends will enjoy this new interpretation." —School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

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. Booklist, ALA

"This Arthurian road trip will have readers wondering why there aren't more books like this one and hoping that Morris will do it again." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"In this Arthurian fantasy that picks up several years after THE SQUIRE'S TALE leaves off, Terence finds himself at the beginning of another quest as Sir Gawain's squire. Although the novel builds upon plot elements and characters found in the first volume, the story stands well alone. Laced with magic, humor, and chivalry, this reworking of ''Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'' provides an engaging introduction to the original tale." Horn Book

This sequel to The Squire's Tale (1998) finds Morris's affable young hero, Terence, still serving the legendary Sir Gawain. The kingdom of Camelot, where they are living, is in despair over Queen Guinevere's affair with Sir Lancelot; when Gawain is challenged to meet the Knight of the Green they set off on a new quest. Terence is still young, but he is no longer the novice of the previous novel; when Gawain is imprisoned by the treacherous Marquis of Alva and scheduled for execution, it's up to Terence to save not only his knight, but the beautiful and spirited Lady Eileen. The three of them come upon an enchanted castle, where the lord of the realm turns out to be the Green Knight in disguise: Gawain is forced to pass two additional challenges in order to regain face. There is a well-crafted but tumultuous unfolding of events, and an author's note in which Morris explains his abiding affection and respect for Gawain; this personal touch may send readers straight off to Chaucer. Even Arthur and Guinevere make up in this engaging adventure, an ideal follow-up to the first book and just as full of characters who are brave, loyal, and admirably human.
Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786230396
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Squire's Tales Series, #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
"Fast moving and easy to read, this novel will lure youngsters into wanting to read about Camelot, while those familiar with the legends will enjoy this new interpretation." —School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

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. Booklist, ALA

"This Arthurian road trip will have readers wondering why there aren't more books like this one and hoping that Morris will do it again." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"In this Arthurian fantasy that picks up several years after THE SQUIRE'S TALE leaves off, Terence finds himself at the beginning of another quest as Sir Gawain's squire. Although the novel builds upon plot elements and characters found in the first volume, the story stands well alone. Laced with magic, humor, and chivalry, this reworking of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' provides an engaging introduction to the original tale." Horn Book

This sequel to The Squire's Tale (1998) finds Morris's affable young hero, Terence, still serving the legendary Sir Gawain. The kingdom of Camelot, where they are living, is in despair over Queen Guinevere's affair with Sir Lancelot; when Gawain is challenged to meet the Knight of the Green they set off on a new quest. Terence is still young, but he is no longer the novice of the previous novel; when Gawain is imprisoned by the treacherous Marquis of Alva and scheduled for execution, it's up to Terence to save not only his knight, but the beautiful and spirited Lady Eileen. The three of them come upon an enchanted castle, where the lord of the realm turns out to be the Green Knight in disguise: Gawain is forced to pass two additional challenges in order to regain face. There is a well-crafted but tumultuous unfolding of events, and an author's note in which Morris explains his abiding affection and respect for Gawain; this personal touch may send readers straight off to Chaucer. Even Arthur and Guinevere make up in this engaging adventure, an ideal follow-up to the first book and just as full of characters who are brave, loyal, and admirably human.
Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, “I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will.” Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the original poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This book puts an interesting spin on the long forgotten tale. For example, Gawain is kidnapped by the Marquis of Alva while searching for the Green Chapel. The difference I like most though is that in the poem, they describe Sir Bergilak's catch being gutted and it's limbs removed, but Gerald Morris leaves it out. Anyways, if you are into the Middle Ages or Arthurian Legends then this book is for you.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It is amzing the first book was superb and so is this one! I personally love the adventures of Sir Gawain in this novel. Great for reading together in Novel Groups or a Book Club!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanna read this book so bad only have a sample
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally found a good series to settle down with.Yes!
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i love arthurian books like this! so far this is the best book i have ever read. i highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got done with the book and I loved it. It is so funny and it even has a little romance. The characters sound more like they're from our than from King Arhtur's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny. It was so good. It was absolutely wonderful. I've read this book and the first book over and over again. I'd recommend both to absolutely anyone, and I do recommend it to everyone and anyone. I walk down the street, in the park, in stores, at the supermarket, at reasturants, at the zoo, and I recommend it to anyone. *Just kidding, but I think it's a good idea* 'Hey you! Yeah you! Read this book!' Oh, and Lancelot gets knocked into the mud by a child's toy stick!*Don't ask, just read*
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book. I love to read and I read a lot of books, but it is definately safe to say that this is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life! I can't put it down! I'm reading it again! I'm going to read it again after that! It is about Gawain and his squire Terence who meet and rescue this girl named Lady Eileen who is really snooty at first, but then falls in love with Terence and he falls in love with her. I've read all the Harry Potter books and most of the Redwall books and this one is better than Redwall and tied with HP. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great & if a person could hate books after reading this one then theres no hope for them!The story of a knight whom takes a task to safe his king,whom volenteered for the task,which will more then likely kill the knight.The knight takes his squire with him & does lots of good deeds.The real hero seems to be the squire in this wonderful fantasy story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was wonderful one of the best books ive read! It was funny exciting and well GREAT I think everyone shoud read it Im 16 and I think Ill read it till Im 90 or so its one of thoughs few books you can read again and again untill your eyes fall out! Defenantly a 5 star book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL LOL LOL!!!! Best book ever!!! Luv the part where robin calls terence sir wozzell!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! :)
Yasemin Clark More than 1 year ago
A wonderful sequel to the squires tale
Mawk More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon Gerald Morris after reading some Tamora Pierce and was astounded! ALL the books I have read by him are hilarious. And the books answer some of the questions we've always had. For example: why do princesses scream so much in the stories? This book, among others, breaks some of the medieval stereotypes and is a pleasure to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book ever! If I could give it more than five stars, I would. It has a fantastic message. I've read it hundreds of time. My favorite part is when Terence rescues Eileen from Hag Annis. I wish I could live in Aurthurian times. My favorite characters are Arthur, Eileen, Gawain, Terence, Morgan- heck, I just love them all! I do really like how Eileen isn't just a soft-spoken, well-mannered court lady. Also, Gawain is so noble and smart. The fact that he would rather have his honer that his life is a rare quality you don't find anymore. I feel sorry for King Arthur, because Guinevere cheated on him with Lancelot, who I don't consider the Greatest Knight Ever anymore. Everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book (notice the three loves). It is so funny all the way through. And it's a love story. A little unconventional but, hey, that's what I love about it! What more could you ask from a book. If you haven't read it yet, do it. Because you just might have something heavy fall on your big toe and, trust me, nobody wants that. So read it or, well ...else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the books in this series are wonderful! This is another good one in the series! A must-read for fantasty lovers and those who want to read about King Arthur and his court
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book! I loved this book. I read it at least five times. It deserves more than five stars. It is my favorite book of all times. It is hilarious, especially the ending.