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King Arthur and His Knights, The Champions of the Round Table & Sir Launcelot and His Companions
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Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm’s
German Fairy Tales and
Arabian Nights. At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to
St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed, including
Pepper and Salt; or,
Seasoning for Young Folk,
Otto of the Silver Hand,
Howard Pyle’sBook of Pirates, and
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.
"The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" - First part of the book tells how young Arthur pulled a sword out of an anvil, how he learned of his royal lineage, and how he thus became king. Second part tells the stories of Merlin, Sir Pellias, Sir Gawaine and other noble knights. "The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" consists of many Arthurian legends, including those concerning of the young Sir Lancelot, Sir Tristan, and Sir Percival. "The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions" consists of a large series of episodes in the legend of the chief knight of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot, and many of his friends, including the Lady Elaine, Sir Ewaine, and Sir Gareth.