Here Lies Arthur

By Reeve, Philip

Publishers Summary:
When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur.

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ISBN
978-0-54509-334-7
Publisher
Scholastic


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2008

Gr 8-Up Reeve offers up a revisionist retelling of the Arthurian legend, set in southwest Britain in A.D. 500, and exposing the dark side of Camelot. Arthur is a brutal, bullying tyrant, and not terribly bright. His fame stems solely from the stories spun by Myrrdin, a traveling bard and trickster. But this story is not primarily Arthur's. It is Gwyna's, a child who is rescued by Myrddin when her village is sacked and burned. Myrrdin takes her under his care, disguising her first as the Lady of the Lake, and then as a boy. Wh...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2008

Reeve's brilliant, brutal re-creation of Arthurian myth is a study in balance and contradiction: it is bleak yet tender; impeccably historical, yet distinctly timely in its driving sense of disillusionment. Reeve's Arthur is just another brigand vying for loot and power; it is Myrddin, a scheming storyteller convinced that Arthur can unite Britain against the encroaching Saxons, who methodically sets him up as iconic hero. Rescued by Myrddin after Arthur's soldiers burn her home to the ground, narrator Gwyna's first task is t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2008

Narrator Gwyna is rescued by scheming storyteller Myrddin after Arthur's soldiers burn her home. She joins Arthur's band, first disguised as a boy, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on December 1, 2008

The morning Myrddin enlists Gwyna to play the role of the Lady of the Lake, he explains to her that there is only one difference between Arthur and any other warl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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