Rules for A Knight

Rules for A Knight

The Last Letter of Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke

eBook - 2015
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It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. "Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable..."Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight's hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father's exquisite love. Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature, and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that--in the story of a young man's journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning--captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307962348
0307962342
Characteristics: 1 online resource (172 pages) : illustrations

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JCLChrisK Jul 20, 2017

A short and enjoyable book of wisdom.

Couched as an old family letter written by a knight on the verge of battle to his young children, attempting to distill and share his life's wisdom should he not survive, the book shares 20 precepts of ethics and morality. Each is followed by a short chapter with spare anecdotes and parables illustrating them in action. They are all worthy ideals and the presentation largely avoids becoming too pedantic or trite. And the physical size and design are perfect.

I hope to be able to share this one with my children when they're the right age.

JCLOctavia May 05, 2017

This small book is the story of Sir Thomas Hawke explains that to become a knight there are 20 virtues to live by. This a heartwarming tale written in Epistolary form. Perfect for sharing and discussing values with kids.

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kaylalgreen
Apr 03, 2017

This is a very quick read and while this book was filled to the brim with some great quotes worth sharing and applicable for everyone today, it lacked any sort of real story. However, given the editor's note, I'm not sure if this could've been made into a longer story and perhaps doing so would've taken away from the personal reason that Ethan Hawke chose to write this book in the first place.

This book wasn't terrible, it just wasn't for me. I think this would be enjoyed more by a younger crowd.

I did enjoy the illustrations throughout the book; they were drawn by Ethan's wife, Ryan.

Won a copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

It drifts toward the cliche a lot, but it seems heartfelt nevertheless, so I'll give it a pass. It's a very hopeful little book, encouraging for practically any reader, and I'm always 100% standing behind courtly love styled knights (....but close your eyes to those pesky historical inaccuracies). Be prepared for a dizzying range of philosophies and ideals that feel a bit silly if you squint at it.

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JCLOctavia May 05, 2017

"This story is old, as ancient as time,
A fable from earth told in rhyme,
Like phases of the moon, or the sun's rise,
The pull of the ocean, it's constant and wise."

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