The Ballad of Sir Dinadan

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 6, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 260 pages
The author of Parsifal’s Page “interweaves action with sophisticated, wry humor and deft characterization to bring to life yet another medieval tale” (VOYA).
 
Young Dinadan has no wish to joust or quest or save damsels in distress or do any of the knightly things expected of him. He’d rather be a minstrel, playing his rebec and writing ballads. But he was born to be a knight, and knights, of course, have adventures.
 
So after his father forces his knighthood upon him, he wanders toward King Arthur’s court, in the company of a misguided young Welsh lad named Culloch. There Dinadan meets Sir Kai and Sir Bedivere, and the three find themselves accompanying Culloch on the worst sort of quest. Along the way, Dinadan writes his own ballads, singing of honor, bravery, loyalty, and courtly love—and becomes a player in the pathetic love story of Tristram and Iseult. He meets the Moorish knight Palomides, the clever but often exasperating Lady Brangienne, and an elvin musician named Sylvanus, along with an unusual collection of recreant knights and dimwitted defenders of chivalry. He learns that while minstrels sing of spectacular heroic deeds, honor is often found in simpler, quieter ways.
 
“The humor ranges from subtle irony to scenes of pure comedy . . . a lighthearted introduction to the period.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Morris creates in Dinadan one of his most appealing protagonists. Written in accessible prose and laced with occasional magic, the novel moves at a quick pace and showcases a continually maturing hero.” —The Horn Book
 
“A witty tale of adventure and reflection.” —Booklist

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

Good work by Gerald Morris. The satirical takes on two legends about lovers, both Tristram and Isolde and Culloch and Olwen are fun. This fits in nicely with Dinadan's own avoidance of romance in any form. Read full review

THE BALLAD OF SIR DINADAN

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Fans of The Squire's Tale (1998) and its sequels will welcome this new installment in the humorous take on the King Arthur legends. With main characters varying from book to book, this one introduces ... Read full review

Contents

I Prelude
1
II The Noble Tale of Sir Dinadan
24
III Two Tales of Sir Marhault
41
IV Sir Tristram
65
V Questing
85
VI The Shadow of the Woods
109
VII The Moor the Morons
134
VIII The Horn of Igraine
163
X The Lyre
198
XI Love Songs
210
XII A Song for a Lady
229
Authors Note
243
Back Flap
247
Back Cover
248
Spine
249
Copyright

IX The Ballad of Sir Palomides
178

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About the author (2008)

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, “I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will.” Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.

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