The Table Of Less Valued Knights

Paperback | August 4, 2015

byMarie Phillips

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From Marie Phillips, author of the #1 national and international bestseller Gods Behaving Badly, comes a charming, funny story about a down-on-his-luck knight of Camelot, his eccentric band of misfits and their madcap quest to restore order to their lives, and the realm.

     Sir Humphrey du Val has had enough. Relegated to the Table of Less Valued Knights--Camelot's least prestigious spot, boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking--he has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests, and hasn't left the castle in 15 years. After a chance meeting with Elaine, a young maiden in search of her kidnapped fiancé, Sir Humphrey, along with his squire Conrad (an undersized giant) and Jemima (Conrad's elephant), sets off on a journey to find the distressed damsel's betrothed, hoping to restore himself to a place of honour at the Round Table. Meanwhile, Martha, an errant queen on the run from her new power-hungry husband, is in disguise and on a quest of her own to find her long-lost brother, the true ruler of her realm. Martha soon runs--literally--into Humphrey's eccentric group, who take the incognito queen captive, believing her to be a boy. As they journey through countryside, castles and villages, they gather unlikely friends and enemies along the way. While each member of the party secretly harbours their own ambitions for the quest, their collective success, and the fate of the realm, rests on their grudging cooperation and unexpectedly interconnected lives. The Princess Bride meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail in this funny, charming, and delightful tale about lesser-known heroes in Arthurian England.

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From Marie Phillips, author of the #1 national and international bestseller Gods Behaving Badly, comes a charming, funny story about a down-on-his-luck knight of Camelot, his eccentric band of misfits and their madcap quest to restore order to their lives, and the realm.     Sir Humphrey du Val has had enough. Relegated to the Table of...

MARIE PHILLIPS was born in London in 1976. She is the author of the #1 national and international bestseller Gods Behaving Badly, the writer, with Robert Hudson, of the BBC Radio 4 series and book Warhorses of Letters and the co-author, as Vanessa Parody, of the erotic spoof Fifty Shelves of Grey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.99 × 5.2 × 0.86 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOT EXACTLY YOUR NORMAL KNIGHT'S TALE Sir Humphrey Du Val was demoted to the table of less valued knights (rectangular, in case you were wondering) after an unfortunate incident involving his less than faithful wife. Although the knights still dine with the Knights of the Round Table, they are definitely “less valued” – served last, often ridiculed and NEVER given any quests. Now really, what is a knight without a quest to go on? Just another man who owns a suit of armor he cannot put to good use. One night, after having one too many cups of mead and after all the other knights have long gone to bed, Sir Humphrey is sitting at the table feeling sorry for himself when what should appear but a damsel in distress. Not wanting to appear foolish in front of this winsome young lady, and most definitely wanting to redeem himself in the king’s eyes, our hero does not inform her that his is no longer, technically, a Knight of the Round Table. However, all quests are not created equally and we soon discover that neither are all knights, nor all damsels in distress. If you are looking for historical fiction that truly represents what we have come to know as Camelot don’t even bother to pick up this book. If you are looking for an amusing story populated with a giant, an elephant, The Lady of the Lake, The Crone of the Castle and of course, the enchanted sword then pick up this book and be prepared to chuckle to yourself as you read.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from enjouable light read I liked this light tongue in cheek at times and a few twists and turns to the plot to keep you looking for the end and hope for the second in a series.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The table of less valued knights Funny light hearted read
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just plain fun to read Oh my goodness - Marie Phillips's new book - The Table of Less Valued Knights - was soooo much fun to read! You know the story of King Arthur and his brave, valiant Knights of the Roundtable right? But have you heard the tales of those demoted to the (rectangular) table of less valued knights - the elderly, the infirm, the cowardly, the incompetent and the disgraced. One member of that lesser table is Sir Humphrey. Lagging behind to leave after one gathering, he is the only witness to a young woman looking for a Knight to accept her quest. And against all the rules - he accepts the maiden's mission to find her kidnapped fiance. And that's the beginning of a rollicking romp of a tale featuring a small giant, a magical sword, an elephant, dwarfs, an evil King and his oafish brother, a crone's apprentice, a lady of the lake, a beautiful maiden, a runaway Queen, a castle or two, more than a few duels and..... What sets this book apart is Phillip's clever, clever writing. The dialogue had me in stitches the entire time. Phillips weaves modern day situations such as customs forbidding transport of food products across borders into her tale to great effect. The absurdity of some of it reminded me of Monty Python skits. And I have to say The Princess Bride as well. (Quite frankly, I think The Table of Less Valued Knights would make a great film as well!) Of course being a fairy tale type of story, there is a happy ending, but I'm wondering Marie, if perhaps there are further adventures in store? This was such a delightfully fun read, absolutely guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It's one of my fave summer 2014 reads.
Date published: 2014-08-12

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Praise for The Table of Less Valued Knights:"The Table of Less Valued Knights infects Arthurian legend with a brio not seen since Monty Python and the Holy Grail." New Statesman (UK)"Bold literary and historical misadventures, told with a twist and a lightness of touch." The Guardian"A light, fun frolic, The Table of Less Valued Knights will keep you entertained throughout and is a must to toss into your beach bag during the final weeks of summer." Winnipeg Free Press