Morris, Gerald. The lioness & her knight.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

MORRIS, Gerald. The lioness & her knight. (The Squire's Tales.) Houghton Mifflin. 343p. c2005. 0-618-50772-8. $16.00. JS

This addition to Morris's tales about King Arthur's Camelot is filled with wry comments and dramatic encounters. It's highly accessible, not requiring much foreknowledge of the Arthurian legends. Morris has based this story on a poem written long ago called The Knight of the Lion. He added a character or two and changed some other details, but essentially, it represents the best kind of minstrel's tale from the Middle Ages. It's rather lengthy, but whizzes along, with generous type size and plenty of white space on each page.

There are four main characters, who represent two potential romances. Luneta is an intrepid girl whose parents send her off to be a companion to a lady named Laudine. She is protected on her journey by her cousin Ywain, who is a young knight hungry for fame. They meet up with a fool named Rhience, who proves many...

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