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At the Crossing Places: Arthur 2 [Paperback]

Kevin Crossley-Holland
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1 Jun 2002 ARTHUR

Arthur de Caldicot arrives at Holt to be squire to Lord Stephen and accompany him on crusade. It is an exciting and bewildering time for him as he finds a warhorse, is fitted with armour, and improves his fighting skills. He dreads a confrontation with his blood-father, the violent Sir William, and dreams of finding his true mother; he discovers girls ¿ including the vivacious Winnie de Verdon whom he rescues from burning to death; he has to deal with the aftermath of a murder; he sees the sea for the first time, sails to France and finally takes the Cross. And meanwhile these events are reflected in his seeing stone, in stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Packed with incident, wonderful characters, and fascinating historical detail, and interwoven with brilliant retellings of Arthurian legends, this is a glorious follow-up to THE SEEING STONE.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842552007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842552001
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into 25 languages, and has sold well over one million copies worldwide. He is a poet, historical novelist for children and authority on traditional tale who has presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. He is the President of the School Library Association, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads, was published in 2009.

Bracelet of Bones, the first of his Viking Sagas, was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Scramasax, in 2012.

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"Rich, evocative storytelling." (Financial Times, 13 July 2002)

"This is storytelling of subtlety and nuance and, for the reflective reader, all the more satisfying for that." (Books for Keeps)

"¿a glorious panorama of medieval life, packed with incident and colour, brave deeds, passion , deception and even murder¿and is surely destined to be become a classic." (East Anglian Daily Times)

"¿an impressively multi-layered book, beautifully written, and a terrific piece of storytelling. I was impressed as much by Crossley-Holland's way with words as by the story itself." (The Historical Novels Review)

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The second magnificent volume in the Arthur trilogy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars taking the cross 27 Aug 2002
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Format:Paperback
Arthur at the crossing-places is a wonderful sequel and just as good as the seeing stone.
i love the way the story never stops; the first chapter continues where the last chapter of the previous book finished. there's no sense of missing anything that happens to Arthur or to Arthur-in-the-stone.
i can't help but wonder what will happen to Gatty, and who Arthur will be betrothed to. its a brilliant, realistic, imaginative story, that charms you with its complexity and breathtaking simplicty. one of the best books i have ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book continues the story of young Arthur, begun in "Arthur: The Seeing Stone". It is now the year 1200, one year on from the previous novel, and Arthur is all set to join Lord Stephen de Holt (the man to whom he is now squire) on the Fourth Crusade against the infidels. However, there are many preparations that have to be made before they can even think of crossing the Channel... Armour to get ready, horses... and will Arthur become betrothed??

This book, like the first in the trilogy, is cut short into 101 chapters, and the chapters chop and change between the story of Arthur of the Marches and the myth of King Arthur in the stone. Being used to the short chapters from the previous novel, I barely noticed them. Unfortunately, though, I just couldn't enjoy the story of the mythological Arthur in this novel. I found the sections about the legend of King Arthur seemed muddled and didn't have any continuity to them, making them difficult to read and follow. There also seems to be a greater emphasis on the mythology story in this novel as well, whereas in the first book it was used less often.

In all, although I still enjoyed the story of young Arthur in the Marches at his crossing point between boyhood and manhood, and the vivid descriptions of medieval life, I felt the legend of Arthur sections could have been used to tie the book together a lot better. As it is, they are just a confusing muddle and I was left disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 20 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Arthur at the Crossing-Places, in my opinion, is an excellent continuation of the Seeing Stone. I must admit that at times i found myself slightly bored, especially when you hear about Arthur of Camelot, but overall, i enjoyed it immensly. I am now eager to discover what kind of adventures he has on his Crusade and how it turns out with Winnie. I would recommend this book highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not allowed to develop 16 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved the first book in this series The Seeing Stone-I loved the characters especially Arthur, Gatty, Tanwen, Sir John and Merlin. I loved the Canterbury Tales feel and the way mediaeval England was so beautifully done, and looked forward to reading the sequel At The Crossing Places-and the part that did focus on my favourite characters was still an enthralling read. The problem was the main narrative was not developed well enough or expanded enough on because of the continual switching to Arthur De Caldicot's vision's of Arthur-in-the stone. I love Arthurian novels and movies, but Arthurian legend is too great and too deep to be reduced to a device within another novel which in this case is clichéd , shallow, rushed and artificial with no character development or story to speak off. Rather read one of the better series of Arthurian legends, such as Mary Stewart's Arthurian series, Bernard Cornwell's King Arthur trilogy and Nancy McKenzies wonderful Queen of Camelot and Grail Prince.
King Arthur was reduced to a cardboard 'Arthur-in-the stone', equally cardboard were Guinevere, Lancelot and the clichéd knights of the round table.

the author should have focused on Arthur De Caldicot, his relationships with variuos engaging young girls including the lovable Gatty (some truly touching scenes with Gatty and Arthur) the young noblewomen Winnie, Grace, Rowena and Izzie and the chambermaid and young mother Tanwen. As well as his training as a squire, and the spiteful jealousy of his foster-brother Serle, Arthur's discovery of his real origin, search for his mother, and preparations for the crusade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting trilogy 16 Jan 2014
By pud
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Enjoyed the trilogy, against my expectations, as this is advertised as a childrens book. This was preowned book but pristine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough dousing in medieval life 25 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
It's fairly easy to write a medieval novel with a handful of facts but Kevin goes way beyond that. He gets into the culture, so there are fleeting references to medicinal practices, hierarchy, sayings, local myths, strange traditions and habits that are alien to us but would have been everyday factors to the people living then. You end up with a book of 100 delightfully short chapters (because they are written long hand by the hero) which are rich and filling. There is a little too much in the stone this time, but still a stunning book, worth rereading at a later date.
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