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A beautiful book to entice children into Arthurian Romance
on 13 March 2010
John Matthews is a well-known Arthurian scholar, with many publications on the legendary king to his name. Pavel Tatarnikov is an artist from Belarus. Together they have created a beautiful introduction to the myths of King Arthur, aimed at children but suitable for anyone.
One must remember that this is merely an overview book, and not designed to be a detailed re-telling of the stories. There are parts of the book that are more of an encyclopaedia - for example, the section on magical creatures, or the pages on the Ladies of the Lake. One of two of the standard stories (such as the pulling of the sword from the stone) are re-told in more detail. But if you are looking for a detailed book on Arthurian legends, you should look elsewhere. What marks out this book are the high production values, and the gorgeous illustrations.
I was going to give this copy to my nephew once I'd finished with it (as it is about time he got interested in Arthurian legends); but I'm thinking I might keep it for myself, at least until I am sure my nephew will really appreciate and cherish it!