King of the Middle March

King of the Middle March

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Arthur de Caldicot tells his story, which this time finds the teen on an island off the coast of Venice waiting for a Crusade to begin. Arthur is knighted and takes his oath to defend God seriously, but he is conflicted to learn that the Saracens are educated and devout people not unlike the Europeans. At the forefront of his thoughts is Merlin's admonition to keep asking questions. When money and politics wreak havoc with the plans for the Crusade, Arthur becomes disillusioned, and he faces a crisis of faith when the Venetians bring the Crusaders into an internal conflict to siege the city of Zara. Concurrently, Sir Stephen, Arthur's lord, is wounded and must be taken home to England, and because of duty, Arthur takes him and leaves the Crusade. Parallel to Arthur's own quest is that of legendary King Arthur and the Grail knights, whom Arthur watches in his seeing stone. He watches as Camelot is thrown into chaos, and he learns that not all battle ends in glory and that treachery exists even there. In a return home at Easter that is full of symbolism, Arthur finds answers to lifelong questions.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, [2009], [℗2009]
Edition: Library edition
ISBN: 9780307582812
0307582817
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cro
Description: 8 audio discs (9 hr., 13 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Recommended for listeners ages 13 to 17
Additional Contributors: Maloney, Michael

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Mar 30, 2013

Life was difficult in the 13th century, and no where was it more difficult than on the way to Jerusalem to kill as many Muslims as possible. The attitude of the western Europeans about the holders of the Holy City was sad and makes it easy to understand how our Muslim brothers are angry about our long-held attitudes towards them. The 13th Century did not try to understand Islam much either.

Arthur never actually makes it to Jerusalem, yet he has a lifetime of adventures in the years of being away. He continues to be the charming and interesting main character of this book.

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