January 2000: Arthur de Caldicot arrives at Holt to be squire to Lord Stephen and accompany him on crusade. It is an exciting and bewildering time for him as he finds a warhorse, is fitted with armour, and improves his fighting skills. He dreads a confrontation with his blood-father, the violent Sir William, and dreams of finding his true mother; he discovers girls – including the vivacious Winnie de Verdon whom he rescues from burning to death; he has to deal with the aftermath of a murder; he sees the sea for the first time, sails to France and finally takes the Cross. And meanwhile these events are reflected in his seeing stone, in stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Packed with incident, wonderful characters, and fascinating historical detail, and interwoven with brilliant retellings of Arthurian legends, this is a glorious follow-up to The Seeing Stone.
“The Seeing Stone is being heralded as a classic in the making and pre-publication reviews include: “it is of course wonderful to read such a lyrical, authoritative and accessible retelling of the Arthurian legends.. best of all is the figure of Arthur de Caldicot, a true child of his time, would-be man of action and poet in spite of himself. I truly love this book.” Jan Mark; “another sparkling tale from this master storyteller.” Tara Stephenson in The Bookseller”
About the Author
Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm and The Seeing Stone won the Bronze Award for the Smarties Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.
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