Arthur High King of Britain

Arthur High King of Britain

Michael Morpurgo / Aug 25, 2019

Arthur High King of Britain As the sea sweeps in the boy is suddenly cut off in his attempt to walk round the Scilly Isles from Great Ganilly to St Martin s Having given up hope of survival he finds himself waking up beside a

  • Title: Arthur High King of Britain
  • Author: Michael Morpurgo
  • ISBN: 9780749748517
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • As the sea sweeps in, the boy is suddenly cut off in his attempt to walk round the Scilly Isles from Great Ganilly to St Martin s Having given up hope of survival, he finds himself waking up beside a warm fire with the man, Arthur Pendragon, and his dog, Bercelet, who have rescued him Arthur tells him the incredible story of his life while the seawater dries out of boy sAs the sea sweeps in, the boy is suddenly cut off in his attempt to walk round the Scilly Isles from Great Ganilly to St Martin s Having given up hope of survival, he finds himself waking up beside a warm fire with the man, Arthur Pendragon, and his dog, Bercelet, who have rescued him Arthur tells him the incredible story of his life while the seawater dries out of boy s clothes His tale begins with his legendary pulling of the sword from the stone, his leadership of an army to defeat the Saxons and his celebrated court at Camelot From then on, he tells of the great and tragic love between himself, Guinevere and Lancelot and the numerous deeds and adventures of the knights of the Round Table Finally, the curse of Morgana Le Fey come true and Arthur s son, Mordred, kills him, but not before he can watch Bedivere return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake After the wonders of the story, the boy returns home, looking forward to surprising his family with his adventure but time in the cave where Arthur hibernates until it is time for him to rule again has stood still, and the boy s family have not even noticed he was gone.

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      • Michael Morpurgo

        Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write He left teaching after ten years in order to set up Farms for City Children with his wife They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books.


    1. This is mostly a fairly straight retelling of the Arthurian stories from within a conventional framework of a boy stumbling on Arthur's resting place and being told the stories he remembers. There was something different about this, though -- Arthur seems fairly, well, human. Normally Arthur is so very good, so very forgiving, that he can't really be true. This Arthur doesn't seem turned out of the usual mould, which is both refreshing and disappointing, in a way.The little changes that have bee [...]

    2. I was given this book when I was 10 years old, I hated reading, writing and thought there was no point in stories because I could play games or watch shows. This book changed everything.

    3. commeparenchantements.wordpreEtant une grande fan de l’univers de Merlin et du Roi Arthur, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de ce petit roman jeunesse. Je collectionne tous les livres en rapport avec cette légende (un article verra surement le jour sur le sujet). J’aime tellement cette histoire ! Il s’agit ici d’un livre jeunesse (à partir de 9 ans), écrit par Michael Morpurgo, grand auteur de jeunesse. Lecture rapide et très agréable, on ne veux pas quitter tous ces personnages, [...]

    4. This modern reworking of Malory by a past children's laureate is deceptively simplistic. An apparently straight-forward frame narrative of teh Camelot highlights it is in fact heavily layered with symbolism and overtly didactic. Aimed at readers aged about 12, it is one to read with your child, or discus with them, to dilute some of the more overt sexism - Guinevere in this is a non-entity, her only significant contributions to the narrative being a whinging and pathetic utterance as she mourns [...]

    5. This book was a relatively fun read. It wasn't very well written and due to the nature of the tale (Arthur sitting in a cave telling a boy about him and his knights) the whole book felt unnatural. It was more of an information overload than a story.I wouldn't recommend this but I am glad I read another version of the Arthurian Legends. Saying that I don't think I actually took anything away from this about the legends.

    6. This was one of my childhood favorites. It manages to bring about a certain childhood magic that is lost in our 21st century world of magnificent spectacle magic (ie tv excitement for the sake of excitement). This is children's fantasy at its purist. The legend of King Arthur was brought to life for me with this book, and it is through this that I remain fascinated with this piece of history and will be for the rest of my life.

    7. Je voulais un livre qui m'en apprenne un peu plus sur la légende arthurienne. J'ai effectivement appris des choses que je ne savais pas, mais comme il s'agit d'un livre pour enfant qui essaie d'en dire le plus possible, le plus simplement possible et en un minimum de pages, je me dis que finalement je devrais quand même par la suite me tourner vers des ouvrages un peu plus complets si je décide d'approfondir mes connaissances en la légende Arthurienne

    8. I love it when my daughter brings home a Michael Morpurgo book from the library, and this one is no exception. Having a soft spot for all books Arthurian, I indulged and enjoyed a great story about King Arthur, told simply and very, very well.

    9. This is one of my favourite Michael Morpurgo as it has so many elements and to me is really interesting. However it depends what kind of books you are into otherwise it isn't gripping.

    10. I read this aloud to my 5 and 9 year olds, who both enjoyed this story. We had just heard Meg Cabot's Avalon High on CD, so it was interesting for them to see a different version of the Arthurian legend. This book is marketed towards children, but it comes from a different era of children's literature when authors introduced advanced ideas to children. Unlike other "kids Arthur" books I have seen, the content in this book is just barely sanitized, however. The writer does a great job of includin [...]

    11. It got boring towards the end but it was beautifully described by Michael Morpugo.I liked it as it's simple yet descriptive

    12. Un garçon décide, d’aller dans les îles du Levant. Or le brouillard se lève, l’empêchant d’avancer. Malgré l’appel d’une cloche, la mer se referme sur lui. Il se réveille chez un homme qui affirme être, celui de la légende, et qui entreprend de raconter sa vie : son enfance, Merlin, son couronnement, Guenièvre, ses chevaliers et sa disparition. Il était suzerain de Bretagne et a passé ces derniers siècles en hibernant à Lyonesse. Le petit garçon croyait qu’il était un [...]

    13. This traditional tale is retold in a gripping manner by Michael Morpurgo, which explains why it was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won both Smarties Prize and Whitbread Award.The story is set in the present when a young boy goes off alone on a challenging adventure. Unfortunately, he gets into trouble and almost drowns, but when he awakes he finds himself being looked after by an old man. This man turns out to be King Arthur and while the boy is resting and recovering the King tells the [...]

    14. This book is about Arthur, the King of Britain. It tells of his life all the way from when he was living with his adoptive brother and father all the way to when he ruled in Camelot. During Arthur's reign, he had many allies and enemies such as Merlin, his dog Bercelet, Gawain, Lancelot, his wife Guinevere, and his evil son Mordred. At the beginning of the book, Arthur discovers that he is the King of Britain by successfully pulling a sword from a stone (a bit like cinderella with the glass slip [...]

    15. I think I prefer some of Michael Morpurgo's other stories. Don't get me wrong; I do somewhat like this book, because I've always been interested in the legends surrounding Arthur, Merlin and the knights of the Round Table, but I prefer Morpurgo's more original, tear-jerker stories. I enjoyed the character development of Arthur. He was flawed and yet, one can identify with him easily. Unfortunately, he is about the only truly interesting character. Everyone else is pretty much one dimensional (do [...]

    16. A retelling of the Arthurian legend aimed at pre or early teen readers. It's refreshing that Morpurgo hasn't felt the need to change the legend or put a new slant on it and has therefore provided youngsters with a introduction to the stories of Arthur.Morpurgo uses Arthur to retell the legend which allows him to provide the character with a voice and share his emotions with the reader. I have some minor issues with how he dealt with the conception of Mordred and the love triangle within Camelot [...]

    17. I have recently become quite obsessed with the Arthurian legends, and have collected a number of titles of books and novels on the subject. And merely in order to start off slowly, and because I have loved everything I ever read by Morpurgo, I decided to read this before diving into Sir Thomas Malory's heftier "Le Morte D'Arthur" (which consists in two volumes of 500+ pages each, in old English).And I must say that I've greatly enjoyed reading this retelling. Sure it might be for younger readers [...]

    18. This is a children’s book, so I wasn’t expecting much; I read it for research purposes and, in that respect, it did not disappoint.It is basically a retelling of the Arthur legend and the exploits of some of the Knights of the Round Table, written using language and a style that will appeal to a child of 9 to 12 years old. The Arthur legend is exciting, intriguing and easy to digest, but the framing story is, not only far-fetched (even for a 9-year old) but practically unnecessary.Still, it [...]

    19. I read this out loud to my 8 year old son. He thoroughly enjoyed it and got really involved with the details of the Kinights of the Round Table and all their various battles and adventures. He wasn't so keen on the story of the boy who is there at the beginning and then disappears until the very end. It seemed a bit unnecessary and got in the way of the true King Arthur story. Also adults you have to watch some of the detail about marital relations and the appearance of Arthur's unknown son. A f [...]

    20. The tales told are well known but the way that Morpurgo tells them makes them vivid and new. I enjoyed this take on the tales of King Arthur, especially the idea that he's still waiting with Lady Nemue watching over him. This version seemed more about the bad inside the good, than I've read before; ther was less mention of Arthur's half-sister's and I felt that Lancelot was a lot easier to dislike. A great take on the story and I enjoyed the fact that you felt as transported as 'the boy' did thr [...]

    21. This was an enjoyable retelling of Arthurian tales from inside the simple framing device. A boy is in danger of drowning off the scilly isles; then wakes up in a great hall in Lyonesse where the waiting King Arthur tells him his stories to pass the time.The tales are familiar but retain their mythic power and having them told in Arthur's own voice warms them considerably. The framing device adds very little to the book though and feels under explored.

    22. We didn't finish reading this one. Only got a couple chapters in before we stopped. It was the boy's choice, I think he got bored. Fine with me. I had to edit several things (there is a lot of adultery and other very adult things in this book). We'll wait until he is a bit older before we try this again

    23. While a fairly complete telling of the legends, I found it really dry. Not very descriptive or emotional. It almost felt like reading a non-fiction account of events, except of course that it was fiction. Also, while a "young reader" book, some of the events described were a bit too grown up for my young reading partner

    24. The fact that this book said it was 'shortlisted' for the Booker or some such prize was shocking. Forever more, I'll be making note that the cover promo of 'Shortlisted for….! ' has absolutely no merit. The book was basically boring and poorly written… yet i continued to read it because there was nothing else to read in english at the location I was at… too bad cause it was pretty poor!

    25. Another of Mopurgo's time shift books. An interesting tale that is told by King Arthur himself as a boy gets lost and slips into a place where time doesn't really exist. It isn't one of his best but it is enjoyable and is a great way to get children to understand more about the Knights of King Arthur and the magical story of Merlin and Camelot.

    26. This is a very interesting and exciting book.The dialogue at times is very hard to read out loud and has to be edited to a younger child, but is very realistic and riveting. Some "old english" is used, but if you are not afraid to open up a dictionary to find arcane words you'll be fine.

    27. This was a brilliant retelling! Using a boy from our time and having him go to Arthur was really creative and really original. Plus, the illustrations were beautiful. An all-around great read for and King Arthur fan.

    28. Michael Morpurgo is, of course, a master of great storytelling and pulling those heart strings. This is a gripping re-telling of some major Arthurian legends. I had to 'edit' some more suggestive parts for my 6 year old but he was captivated.

    29. Didn't finish it, but was quite good. There's just one question is it really my eyes or is there actual inappropriate stuff in this book I've seen which you'd not usually find in a Michael Morpurgo story?!

    30. A lovely version of the Arthurian legend, aimed at children but always a pleasure to read Morpurgo, even though his best book in my mind remains Kensuke's kingdom.I have to admit a slight obsession with the Camelot legend since reading the Mists of Avalon.

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