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Amazing as it may seem, this novel was written in 1891, the same year that Doyle produced "A Study in Scarlet," the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes & Company. Reading portions aloud clearly revealed the awkward dialogue and endless intervening descriptive passages which hardly, if ever, advance the predictable plot, was painful to reader and listener both--but rather campy when presented with opportunities for melodramatic accents, etc. The author's historic British historical pretensions, the use of archaic names for 13th Century armor and equipage and geographic English and French locations presents a plethora of arcane imagination or remembered information. However, the edition that fell to hand, published by the Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, NY, MCMXXII (1922) with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth is really valued for the artist's interpretations of the tedious and predictable story of knights errant and erroneous.--submitted by Gordon H.
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