Viewing Entry - The once and future king (E15798) by White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury)
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The once and future king : the complete edition
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White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury)
Fantasy fiction, Historical fiction.
Fantasy fiction, Historical fiction. Arthur, King -- Fiction. Arthurian romances. Britons -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction. Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
The Once and Future King is an Arthurian fantasy novel written by T. H. White. It was first published in 1958, and is mostly a composite of earlier works written between 1938 and 1941. The central theme is an exploration of human nature regarding power and justice, as the boy Arthur becomes king and attempts to quell the prevalent "might makes right" attitude with his idea of chivalry. But in the end, even chivalry comes undone since its justice is maintained by force. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind," and "The Book of Merlyn." It begins with Merlyn instructing the Wart (Arthur) and his brother Sir Kay in the ways of the world.