Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

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Book:The Seeing Stone

The Seeing Stone: Book 1 of Arthur Trilogy

Kevin Crossley-Holland

It is 1199 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his friend’s father, Merlin, gives him a shining piece of obsidian, and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone.

In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place, but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like snapshots, not only of the mythic tales of King Arthur, but the earthy, uncomfortable reality of the Middle Ages. Written in the direct, open voice of a real boy living in a time of uncertainty about the future, this story touches on the issues of war and peace, social inequity, religion, reason, and superstition.

Book:Storm

Storm

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Annie lives with her elderly parents in a remote cottage. She is used to being alone. Every day she walks by the lonely marsh to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. Before she can protest, Annie finds herself lifted on to his saddle and off they set on an intense, dream-like journey. Only once he has deposited her safely on the doctor's doorstep, does the horseman reveal that he is the ghost she fears.

Book:Gatty's Tale

Gatty's Tale

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Of all the characters in The Seeing Stone and At the Crossing-Places, it is Gatty the village girl—steadfast, forthright, innocent and wise—who has won the hearts of readers. This is her story, written down at her behest by her childhood friend and hero, Arthur de Caldicot.

Gatty’s dream is to follow Arthur to Jerusalem—though she has not even understood that Jerusalem is farther away than Ludlow, and across the sea. As he sets out on the crusade, Gatty, unknown to him, follows. Her extraordinary journey on foot across Europe and towards the east makes a marvellous medieval adventure story.

Separate from the Arthur trilogy, this ambitious novel picks up many of its strands and characters but leaves fantasy behind to create a magnificently vivid and realistic picture of life and times in the Europe of 1202.

Book:The Arthur Trilogy

The Arthur Trilogy

Kevin Crossley-Holland

It is 1199 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his friend’s father, Merlin, gives him a shining piece of obsidian, and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone.

Book:At the Crossing-Places

At the Crossing-Places: Book 2 of Arthur Trilogy

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Arthur de Caldicot has achieved his dream: He now serves as a squire to Lord Stephen of Holt Castle. But this new world opens up fresh visions as well as old concerns. Arthur longs to escape the shadow of his unfeeling father and meet his birth mother. He also years to marry the beautiful Winnie, while maintaining close ties with his friend, Gatty. And ultimately, he wants to become a Crusader, with all the questions of might and right involved.

Book:King of the Middle March

King of the Middle March: Book 3 of Arthur Trilogy

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it’s now when Arthur’s future should be clearest that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed rive the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to Winnie remains uncertain, while his search for his birth mother has been stymied by his vicious father. And his seeing stone shows him the last days of King Arthur’s court—a great dream destroyed, but also a glorious legend rising from the ruins. Likewise in this book, Arthur becomes a man worthy of his kingly name.

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