“About The Flower of Chivalry:
A land without a king. A sword within a stone. A boy… named Arthur.
Discover the childhood of King Arthur and all the experiences that formed his character before he pulled the sword from the stone!
Although this is Book 4 of the series, it’s a great place to start, as Arthur’s story starts here! You don’t need to read the prior novels to love it!
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In this charming and lyrical novel of childhood, no one knows who Arthur is—least of all himself. All his parents know is that they are to raise him as their own, and never let on to him that he is not their child. All his brother Kay knows is that Arthur just seems to be better at everything, and better liked by everyone. All Arthur knows is that he doesn’t look or act like his family, and no one will tell him why. And while his parents say that he and his brother are equals, they keep promoting Kay over him—putting Kay forward as a knight, while they will only allow Arthur to be his squire.
No one knows that he is destined to be King Arthur, the legendary king of all Britain.
“I’ve always loved reading and teaching the many versions of the Arthurian legend. None ever came to life as well as Books 1-3 [of The Swithen]. Absolutely superb!” –Joanne V., Teacher
Yet there’s something in Arthur that can’t be repressed. A will to do right, to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Through his idyllic childhood in the forests that surround his home, he learns to protect and care for a friend that is shunned by all others, finally leading him on a dangerous unaccompanied journey that he handles with ease. Emboldened by his success, Arthur drifts into overconfidence, and makes a disastrous mistake that threatens to end his adventures—and his life—before they’ve even begun.
One of a very few novels that dares to imagine the childhood of Britain’s legendary king, this book is a lyrical exploration of a boy’s wonder at his discovery of nature and the larger lessons of the universe, set against a violent historical moment in which his country is sliding into crime and chaos. Filled with humor and heart, engaging family comedy and drama, and infused with magic and magnificence, it is the story of a gifted child and the forces that conspire to bind him to mediocrity.
“Really enjoyed books 1, 2 and 3. Couldn’t put it down. It is written so well you become part of the story. Loved it! Bring on the next 20 odd books. Can’t wait!” –Amazon Review
An excellent entry point into The Swithen series, the only Arthurian novel series that remains completely faithful to the real Medieval King Arthur legend, this is the starting point of the King Arthur story, and can be started without knowing the prior novels. That said, those who have read the three preceding novels in the series will enjoy a reading experience of greater richness and resonance, knowing the incredible chain of events that prepared the world for Arthur’s birth.
With cameo appearances by Merlin, Morgan le Fay, Gawain, the Round Table and more, in this novel we turn into the main thrust of the King Arthur story, and meet the most legendary characters of all time—those who will be with us for the next 21 novels in the series. Strap in for the longest and most detailed version of the Arthurian legend in existence, a book series you can grow with, and a story so great… it has endured for over a thousand years.
“Too often, Arthurian characters become stick figures in modern retellings. That is far from the case here.”
–Tyler Tichelaar, author, “Children of Arthur”
Targeted Age Group: 16 and up
Written by: Scott Telek
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Scott Telek’s The Swithen series is the only Arthurian book series committed to staying absolutely faithful to the real legend of King Arthur as it appears in the Medieval texts set down from 1136-1485. Telek has planned an unprecedented 25-novel series to tell the epic story in the scope and majesty that it deserves. Telek has spent the past five years doing extensive research into the Medieval Arthurian literature and plotting out the story across each book–meaning there will be no making it up as we go, found in many other Fantasy book series. Telek is a writer by trade, and is fascinated by folklore and the literature of early cultures. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Read MyBookPlace’s author interview here: https://mybookplace.net/author-interview-scott-telek/
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