The Table of Less Valued Knights

The Table of Less Valued Knights

Title:The Table of Less Valued Knights
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307359940
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

'Know that there were three tables there. The first was the Round Table, with King Arthur as companion and lord. The second, the Table of Errant Companions, were those who went seeking adventure and waited to become companions of the Round Table. Those of the third table never left court and did not go on quests or in search of adventures, either because of illness or because they lacked courage. These knights were called the Less Valued Knights.'

Sir Humphrey du Val of the Table of Less Valued Knights - Camelot's least prestigious table, boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it always has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking - has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests, and hasn't left the castle in fifteen years. He's tempted out of his imposed retirement by Elaine, who is looking for her kidnapped fiancé. She appears to be the classic damsel in distress, but turns out to have a big secret to hide.

Across the border in Puddock, the new young queen, Martha, is appalled to be married off against her will to the odious Prince Edwin of Tuft. She disguises herself as a boy and runs away, but doesn't get very far before the Locum of the Lake - standing in for the full-time Lady - intercepts her with some startling news: Martha's brother, the true heir to the throne of Puddock, is not dead as she has always thought, and Martha must go on her own quest to find him.

The two quests collide, entangling Humphrey, Elaine and Martha's lives, and introducing a host of Arthurian misfits, including a twelve-year-old crone, a magic sword with a mind of her own, a freakishly short giant, and not one but three men in iron masks.

With Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips showed that she has a rare gift for comedy, taking familiar characters from legend and giving them an ingenious contemporary twist. In The Table of Less Valued Knights it's Thomas Malory's turn, and I'm afraid you'll never read him in quite the same way again.


    The Table of Less Valued Knights Reviews

  • Erin

    Fantastic, Funny, and Unforgettable. I highly recommend this comedic tale to fans of Monty Python and The Princess Bride....

  • Nikki

    I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this one when I requested it. On the one hand, I love Arthuriana and I have enjoyed several loose interpretations of it, even humorous/light-hearted ones. On the other...

  • lucky little cat

    Cute, ultra-fluffy homage to Monty Python's Arthurian knights, with an emphasis on inclusion that shouldn't work but largely does.* Alas, no killer rabbits.*Because I guess it's still progress if the ...

  • Alissa

    Hilarious and entertaining, this is a quick and satirical story featuring the common tropes of the classic quest formula and chivalry.A half-sized giant, a deformed horse, a knight of The Table of Les...

  • Katy Noyes

    4.5 stars.A very pleasant surprise. Not quite Arthurian, not quite Monty Python, but elements of both.Modern language (sometimes quite ripe!) make this an easy read, and the dual story of knights, pri...

  • Ben Babcock

    I'm always down for some historical/mythological fiction in a comedic style, so The Table of Less Valued Knights seemed like a good proposition. Marie Phillips delivers an Arthurian quest beset with a...

  • Jennifer

    2.5-stars, i guess. i didn't like all of it, but i also didn't dislike the whole thing. likely i would have settled on 3-stars, had i not read this while considering the novel as part of the women's p...

  • Melanie

    I got this book because I loved the cover and it turned out to be the perfect read for this week. A fun read that makes you grin as you follow along this "Pythonish" Camelot quest. I hope she comes ou...

  • Damaskcat

    Sir Humphrey is one of the 'less valued' knights at Camelot and he'd really like to get back on the Round Table but it doesn't look as though he will ever redeem himself. At Pentecost the Lady Elaine ...

  • Krystal Bernier

    I was excited to read The Table Of Less Valued Knights because compared to the other nominations for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize, this book is very different. It is an adult fairy tale telling what...