‘Never announce you are a Knight, simply behave as one. You are better than no one, and no one is better than you.’
When Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke was a boy, his grandfather taught him how to be a knight. Now, on the eve of a battle from which he fears he may not return, Sir Thomas writes a letter to his children so that he may pass on all his hard-won lessons, deepest aspirations and most instructive failures.
Full of adventure and wit, the letter provides a guide for living a good and noble life – a reminder that without a little agony none of us would bother to learn a thing; that we must work together as brothers or perish together as fools; that a friend loves you because you are true to yourself, not because you agree with him. And, most importantly, it shows that there is no obstacle that enough love cannot move.
Rules for a Knight is written by actor and author Ethan Hawke (Dead Poets Society, Richard Link-later’s Before Sunrise trilogy and Boyhood). Whether you’re reading it out to your children, or using it as a guide to living a better life, this beautiful little book is one that you’ll keep coming back to.
Read an extract here