The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales Series #5)

The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales Series #5)

by Gerald Morris


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Young Dinadan has no wish to joust or quest or save damsels in distress or do any of the knightly things expected of him. He’d rather be a minstrel, playing his rebec and writing ballads. But he was born to be a knight, and knights, of course, have adventures.

So after his father forces his knighthood upon him, he wanders toward King Arthur’s court, in the company of a misguided young Welsh lad named Culloch. There Dinadan meets Sir Kai and Sir Bedivere, and the three find themselves accompanying Culloch on the worst sort of quest. Along the way, Dinadan writes his own ballads, singing of honor, bravery, loyalty, and courtly love—and becomes a player in the pathetic love story of Tristram and Iseult. He meets the Moorish knight Palomides, the clever but often exasperating Lady Brangienne, and an elvin musician named Sylvanus, along with an unusual collection of recreant knights and dimwitted defenders of chivalry. He learns that while minstrels sing of spectacular heroic deeds, honor is often found in simpler, quieter ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547014739
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/06/2008
Series: Squire's Tales Series , #5
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 1,257,266
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
vegaheim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
funny beyond description! laugh-out-loud! (also read: the squire's tale; the squire, his knight and his lady; savage damsel and the dwarf;parsifal's page - these are the only ones i've read. there are more in the series i think. well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the most exciting of the series but worth every second to read. Plenty of laughs, and written so well. If you are reading these books don't skip it. It's worth every second.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ballad of Sir Dinadan is probably one of my favorite books. When I read the first page I thought to myself that I was going to hate this book 'I didn¿t read the back first' because it was about knights and was probably going to be a book for boys, but once I read the first chapter, I could not put the book down. Dinadan is such a great character and you really start to feel what he¿s feeling because he¿s so well described. I sort of began to feel like I was in the book and I could really relate to Dinadan about how he didn¿t want to fight or how he didn¿t even really want to be a knight. This book is full of great adventures and funny tales. I loved every moment of it and I have read it again and again and again. I highly recommend it and I give the book a 10 out of 10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is alot of fun. It's definately one of my favorites in this series(next to The savage Damsel and the Dwarf). Sir Dinadan is just cool. I mean you can't help but like the guy. This is the case with most of Morris' Arthurian characters, but I myself am very partial to Sir Dinadan: the musical but somewhat less than skilled(in combat)kinght. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really captured the love deep inside of me. I liked the book because I am a person who enjoyed adventure like the knight sir Dinadan which was a minstrel and a knight. This story is about a young boy about 13 or 14 who is forces to become a knight. Then he meets people were what him to kill a knight for him. He then goes to Camelot and on his way meets a guy who is strange in my eyes. When he gets there the guy he meets what¿d to become a knight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ballad of Sir Dinadan is a wonderful book. It captures the spirit of the adventuring knights, and it packs a unique combination of hummor and imagination. This book carfully adds wit to the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Isolt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a great plot with funny charactors. If you are looking for a book that you will never want to put down, then grab this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It stinks! A baby could write a better book!9