The Once and Future King
- Publish Date: 1987-06-14
- Binding: Mass Market Paperback
- Author: T. H. White
T. H. Whiteâs masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
Once upon a time, a young boy called âWartâ was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldnât possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.
During Arthurâs reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthurâs half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the kingâs dreams for Britainâand to the king himself.
â[The Once and Future King] mingles wisdom, wonderful, laugh-out-loud humor and deep sorrowâwhile telling one of the great tales of the Western world.ââGuy Gavriel Kay