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by White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury)

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TitleThe once and future king : the complete edition
Author / Responsible partyWhite, T. H. (Terence Hanbury)
GenreFantasy fiction, Historical fiction.
TopicsFantasy fiction, Historical fiction. Arthur, King -- Fiction. Arthurian romances. Britons -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction. Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


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.

Additional Information

System control numberE15798
Original Print PublisherLondon : Collins, 1958.
Narrator NameNeville Jason.
Participant or performer noteNeville Jason.
Narrators GenderMale narrator