Rules for a Knight

  • by Ethan Hawke
  • Narrated by Alessandro Nivola
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 20 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 emanate only from Ethan Hawke.


What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Alessandro] Nivola uses grandfatherly tones - melodious, deep, and enchanting - to draw listeners in. Using lyrical tones, he BECOMES the knight who writes his timeless advice for his sleeping heirs." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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I loved this! listened to it twice in 24 hours! Great rules to live by covered with an interesting story.
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- Kristi


What would have made Rules for a Knight better?

Not pass it off as historical. I realize you could search for the author and information but if you just, as I did, pick up the title and go by the introduction you would be confused if you are familiar with Eastern philosophy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rules for a Knight?

The discoveries I kept making that left me to stop listening altogether which is Its blatant rehashing of various wisdom quotations from different countries in the past and passing it off as a singular work.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It modernizes older words of wisdom for a new day which is a positive I suppose.

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- Leland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio