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A Knyght Ther Was

Robert F. Young

Book Overview: 

n 2178, once time travel had become a simple task, it had also been outlawed. Those who chose to ingnore this law were known as time-thieves, and Tom Mallory was among the best of them. When he learns the precise whereabouts of the Holy Grail in 542, he sets out to obtain it with the intention of returning it to the 22nd century to make a handsome profit and to settle on Get-Rich-Quick Street. Off to the year 542 he travels to the castle of Carbonek where the great Knight Sir Launcelot is said to have possession of the Sangraal.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the pages had not revealed whether the time-lapse had involved minutes, hours, or years, and for that matter, Mallory wasn't altogether certain whether the second visit they described had been the real Sir Galahad's, which meant failure, or a romanticized version of his own, which meant success. His near-namesake was murky at best, and reading him you were never sure where anybody was, or when any given event was taking place.

The courtyard was empty, and after crossing it, Mallory dismounted, encephalopathed Easy Money to stay put, and climbed the series of stone steps that led to the castle proper. Entering the building unchallenged, he found himself at the junction of three corridors. The main one stretched straight ahead and debouched into a large hall. The other two led off at right angles, one to the left and one to the right. Boisterous laughter emanated from the hall, and he could see knights and other nobles sitting at a long banquet table. Scattered am. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Definitely a classic to read. Put a real smile on satisfaction when done!

What a refreshing and thought provoking story. Gives time travel a proper face: Yes there can be multiple copies of yourself. This is not an emotionally intimidating story, and I enjoyed it very much. Initially I thought the ol

A time traveling thief goes back in time to steal the Holy Grail itself and runs into a few complications. This slight humor story isn't terribly subtle (the antagonist is named Perfidion) or quite as clever with its time paradoxes as it wants to be, but it's entertaining if you're an Arthurian wonk

Very clever! I enjoyed the mesh of futuristic ideas with the analytical view of the middle ages. The characters were enjoyable and Mallory is not only sympathetic as an 'approval seeking' underdog, he's also wonderful adaptive and embodies a full willingness to avail one's self to the situation.