The Quest of the Fair Unknown

The Quest of the Fair Unknown

Book - 2006
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On her deathbed, Beaufils’s mother leaves him with a quest and a clue: find your father, a knight of King Arthur’s court. So Beaufils leaves the isolated forest of his youth and quickly discovers that he has much to learn about the world beyond his experience. Beaufils’s innocence never fails to make his companions grin, but his fresh outlook on the world’s peculiarities turns out to be more of a gift than a curse as they encounter unexpected friends and foes.

With his constant stream of wise fools and foolish wise men, holy hermits and others of rather less holiness, plotting magicians and conniving Ladies, Gerald Morris infuses these medieval stories with a riotous humor all his own.


Baker & Taylor
Having grown up in an isolated forest, Beaufils sets off for Camelot to find his father and winds up undertaking quests with Sirs Gawain and Galahad, visiting various hermits, and traveling to the fairy world.

Publisher: Boston : Sandpiper, c2006
ISBN: 9780547014845
Characteristics: 264 p ; cm

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Tabaqui
Dec 23, 2016

Possibly the funniest of the series, especially with Beaufils' charming innocence. He and Terence are the two with the most insight into human character.

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peedub
Mar 15, 2016

My favorite of the series so far. Morris does more than tell the legends in a fluent narrative. In this book he once again weaves a post-modern thread about gender, religion and desire through the traditional story. Beaufils, the main character is an easy-going young man searching for something, maybe his father, maybe his real name. He signs on with each knight he meets and gets swept along in their adventures. My 9 year old son and I have been reading the entire series. We enjoyed trying to guess who his father was, and Morris kept us guessing right to the end. If you have the time, I recommend reading the series from the beginning. I am not sure it would be as good without that background.

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GuyN
Jun 02, 2012

Morris takes on the quest for the Holy Grail and other Arthurian stories with his usual gentle humor and preference for reason over violence.

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peedub
Mar 15, 2016

peedub thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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