“About The Flower of Chivalry: King Arthur’s Childhood:
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Discover the childhood of King Arthur… a charming, lyrical adventure novel about a boy learning to do right, and learning the life lessons that will enable him to become the great leader he matures into. About a child but written for adults, this is the heartfelt and moving novel you need right now–a warm and engaging bath in the innocence and confusion of childhood, before the call of adult responsibility… and destiny.
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.
“Far surpasses T.H. White’s ‘The Sword in the Stone’ for being far more serious and better thought out.”
–Tyler Tichelaar, author, “Children of Arthur”
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.
“I just loved this book! You really feel like you know Arthur as a person—and you really like him, too.”
–Serenamia21, 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 enjoyed 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 over a thousand years.
“After decades studying and teaching the many versions of the Arthurian legends, this is the most realistic and compelling. Absolutely superb!” –Joanne V., Teacher
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Written by: Scott Telek
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Scott Telek has been writing professionally for 30 years, while also pursuing oil painting, film criticism and filmmaking. His interest in folklore and legend led him to wish to discover the real saga of King Arthur–the real legend, not just the movie version. Growing from interest to obsession, he began digging deeper into the Medieval sources, written in the years 1136-1485, and discovered that most people do NOT know the stories there, or how weird, moving and magical the real Arthurian legend is. Most Arthurian movies and books change or update the stories to make them fit modern conventions, but in the process lose the magic and mystery that makes these stories so enchanting. Telek conceived of a book series that would remain absolutely faithful to the actual Medieval legends, no matter how strangeand mysterious they are, and The Swithen was born. He plans 25 novels to tell the real Arthurian legend in all the scope and majesty that it deserves, but is careful to compose it in such a way that readers can pick it up at any point.
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