The Seeing Stone is a pageant of the past, crowded with characters, including Arthur's jealous older brother; the forthright village girl, Gatty; Tanwen, the serving girl; and Lady Alice, who entrusts Arthur with a terrible secret. Their individual dramas create an eye-opening picture of life in a medieval manor. But they are shot through with the legends of King Arthur in a narrative that builds to a thrilling and mysterious climax as the stories of the two Arthurs intertwine.
The one hundred short chapters are almost like snapshots, not only of the world of King Arthur, but of the earthy, uncomfortable reality of the Middle Ages: a time of uncertainty about the future, and a time of conflict -- between the social classes, between Christianity and Islam, and between reason and superstition. Kevin Crossley-Holland's brilliant new novel gives readers a seeing stone of their own. Use it to look into the past, and through the past into the future.
Table of Contents
|1.||Arthur and Merlin||1|
|2.||A Terrible Secret||3|
|3.||Into the Bullring||5|
|4.||My Black King Finger||13|
|6.||Coeur De Lion||18|
|8.||Little Luke and Pigeon Pie||23|
|10.||The Sleeping King||30|
|13.||Knowing and Understanding||38|
|14.||Jumpers and My Writing Room||44|
|16.||Three Sorrows, Three Fears, Three Joys||50|
|19.||Nain in Armor||53|
|21.||Lance and Longbow||57|
|22.||Long Live the King!||63|
|23.||The Messenger's Complaint||66|
|25.||Ice and Fire||73|
|31.||The Seeing Stone||90|
|32.||On My Own||93|
|33.||Nutshells and Good Earth||94|
|40.||Schoolmen, Scribes, and Artists||130|
|41.||Mouthfuls of Air||135|
|46.||An Unfair Song||144|
|47.||A New Bow||146|
|51.||Hooter and Worse||156|
|54.||Between Breath and Breath||166|
|55.||Hares and Angels||170|
|56.||Pots of Tears||174|
|57.||The Half=Dead King||175|
|58.||Lady Alice and My Tailbone||177|
|59.||Grace and Tom||181|
|64.||Rot and Bad Blood||203|
|65.||The Art of Forgetting||205|
|66.||Hot and Important||207|
|67.||The Gates of Paradise||208|
|68.||Words for Luke||211|
|70.||The Manor Court||215|
|72.||Merlin and the Archbishop||228|
|75.||The Pope's Proclamation||234|
|76.||Nothing's Not Worth Hiding||238|
|79.||The Archbishop's Messenger||252|
|80.||The Knight in the Yellow Dress||256|
|82.||King John's Christmas Present||267|
|84.||The Sword in the Stone||272|
|85.||Splatting and Sword=Pulling||275|
|86.||Riding to London||281|
|90.||The Turning of the Century||297|
|91.||Lightly and Fiercely||299|
|92.||The Whole Armor||302|
|93.||King of Britain||304|
|95.||The Son of Uther||317|
|96.||Blood on the Snow||321|
|100.||Song of the North Star||338|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 8 year old, a knight lover, received this book for Christmas. With the B&N age range listed as 9-12, I thought this would work okay as a read aloud. We are about half way though the book, and I think we need to put it on the shelf until he is older. It's difficult as a read aloud (some books just are), and some of the plot is not appropriate for his age- a man magically disguised as another man so that he may be with the other mans wife, and they conceive a child... I think the age ranges of the critics are much closer- my opinion would be that 12 would be the minimum age that this book is appropriate for.
I really really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to find certain facts from my social studies classes hidden within the story. I love history, so this book was perfect for me. It was a captivating story and a great read.
I really enjoyed this book. I wolud recommend it to anyone who loves fanstay books. The plot was very interesting, and the charaters seemed very real. The book includes a little of everything to, action, twists, and a little romance.
At first the very short chapters seemed odd, but it makes it quite addictive. It's hard not to read just one more. It also makes it more like a diary, bringing this world even closer. It's about Arthur the boy, more than the king, though his story appears throughout. But it is fascinating more for the close look at the not-so-romantic world of the boy Arthur, and his own personal joys and worries, and those of the people around him. The author really knows this time and place, and brings it to life well. Highly recommended!
the story itself, of a boy in 1199 is very interesting but where are we going with the king arthur story?
I really enjoyed this book because it had to do with exactly what I was learning about in history so I was really excited to read it. But at the same time I thought that it kept dragging on and on. So I stopped reading it but for the time being I did enjoy it and reccomend it to people who enjoy history.
The year is 1299. Thirteen-year-old Arthur de Caldicot longs to be a knight, but his father, Lord John, frustratingly will not tell Arthur his plans for his son's future. Arthur has carved out a little space for himself to write a bit each day as the year winds down towards the new century - a crossing-place, as Lord John's friend Merlin calls it. Merlin seems to take a special interest in Arthur, giving him an obsidian stone but not telling him what it is for. Arthur must discover its purpose for himself.The small detail that 1301 rather than 1300 would really be the new century was a bit irritating for me, but I liked the theme of change, newness, and renewal that is made clear by the time frame. This is seen in Arthur himself, as well, reaching an age of endings and beginnings as he enters his teen years and discovers a lot about himself. There are definite parallels that those even a little familiar with Arthurian legend will put together much more quickly than our protagonist, but clearly divergent points as well. I'm intrigued enough to pursue the story to the next volume in the trilogy
: Once again, the myth of King Arthur is taken and made into fiction. While I found it at first difficult to truly get in the story, after a few pages, this first narration fiction really caught me. It¿s a sweet children¿s story and is not pretending to be anything more. It was entertaining and if you¿re a sucker for Arthurian legends like I am, you¿ll definitely enjoy it. I will certainly read the two following books of this series if I come across them.
There is so much exitmement it kills other book series!
Amazing book, I am 11 and its amazing.
I've read many books on merlin and King Arthur, but none of them were quite like this. I enjoyed the twists in the book as well as the overall idea behind it.
This book is confusing, in a small sense, but otherwise its a wonderful novel thats goes much deeper into the story of king arthur. I reccomend it, but thats just my oppinion.
This book is definatly the beginning of a wonderful series
The writer brings Arthur out in a new light! Not one of the best Arthurian tales I've read but it was okay. I would recommend this to as many people! It fun and enlightening, read it for the wonderful knowledge that comes with it.
This book is great! It has everything in it to make it readable. I love to read and I enjoyed this book. I reccommend it to any one who is intrested in King Arthur. Now go OUT and READ this book.
It was a great book! Full of adventure and action. I would rcamened it to anyone.
This is such a great book. I love the way Arthur's life is just like the life of King Arthur. Kevin Crossley-Holland is the best author I have ever read!!!!!
One of my favorites! It was filled with mystery, drama, comedy, adventure, and romance! I couln't keep my eyes off the book. I totally recommend this book to anybody who is into reading! After the first chapters, you'll feel like your in the story! I give the book and the author 2THUMBS UP, A STANDING OBATION, 5 STARS AND MORE!!!!!!**********
I finished this book in half a day. It was great!! I can't wait to read the second one! I wasn't sure about it at first then i got into it!. READ IT!!!!
I was apprehensive reading this book at first as I am not a great fan of the Arthurian legend. Amazingly Crossley-Holland created a more realistic Arthur for this generation. I sympathized with him over the injustices of his older brother, rejoiced with him when he was granted to squire for another good knight and cheered him own when he showed strength and character deciding the fate of a suspected thief. Readers will love this book immensely. It feels like stepping back in the medieval times with an assuming precocious boy named Arthur and his mysterious gift from Merlin -the fire and ice seeing stone. This is a very good book indeed!
It was a great book! Full of adventure and action. Even though its like 300 pages I read it in a week it was so good. Give it a shot and buy it!