Howard Pyle’s wonderful retelling of the Arthurian legends have captivated children and adults for generations. This is one of the best of the series — Pyles rich chronicle of the Quest for the Holy Grail and the last days of King Arthur.
The book begins with the exciting story of Sir Geraint — his fight with the knight of Sparrow-Hawk, his setting right the wrongs of the earldom, how he destroyed three giants of the highway and more. The Pyle takes up the exploits of Sir Galahad (“the most perfect knight who ever lived”): his initiation into knighthood, how he came to the court of King Arthur, his attack on Sir Launcelot, his fatal battle with Sir Mordred and Arthur’s final journey to Avalon.
With language that evokes the days of Camelot and 39 of Pyle’s atmospheric illustrations, The Story of the Grail is wonderful to read or hear.