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Le Morte D'Arthur  : Volume 1 - Thomas Malory

Le Morte D'Arthur

Volume 1

Paperback Published: 27th May 2004
ISBN: 9780140430431
Number Of Pages: 528
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Le Morte D'Arthur is Sir Thomas Malory's richly evocative and enthralling version of the Arhurian legend. Recounting Arthur's birth, his ascendancy to the throne after claiming the sword Excalibur, his ill-fated marriage to Buenever, the treachery of Morgan le Fay and the exploits of the Knights of the Round table, it magically weaves together adventure, battle, love and enchantment. Le Morte D'Arthur looks back to an idealized medieval world and is full of wistful, elegiac regret for a vanished age of chivalry. Edited and published by William Caxton in 1485, Malory's prose romance drew on French and English verse sources to give an epic unity to the Arthur myth, and remains the most magnificent retelling of the story in English.

The text of this edition is based on Caxton's original printed edition, with modernized spelling and punctuation. John Lawlor's introduction discusses the figure of Arthur, the life and career of Malory and his unique prose style. This volume also contains notes and a glossary.

About The Author

Sir Thomas Malory was a knight and estate owner in the mid 15th century, who spent many years in prison for political crimes as well as robbery. He wrote Le Morte d’Arthur, the first great English prose epic, while imprisoned in Newgate. The epic was published in 1485 by William Caxton, the first English printer. Malory is believed to have died in 1471.

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Eight tales divided into 21 books, Malory's work, written many centuries after the events it purports to describe, is the apotheosis of Arthurian legend. It is both a ripping yarn and incalculably important in the effect it had on Englishmen's view of themselves. Le Morte d'Arthur made coherent in the 15th century what previously had been a mass of fable: starting with Arthur's birth, accession and marriage to Guinevere; taking in the begetting of his son Mordred with his half-sister Morgan; the creation of the Round Table, defeat of the Roman emperor Lucius and Arthur's coronation by the Pope; the emergence of Merlin, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table; the story of Tristram and Isode; the fragmentation of the Round Table and the knights' search for the Holy Grail; Lancelot and Guinevere's adultery and Arthur's discovery of it which resulted in war between the two men and Mordred's revolt against his father. It ends with Arthur's death in battle with Mordred, and the removal of his body to Avalon. Malory mentions the legend that the king still lives, awaiting the time when he is required to return. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780140430431
ISBN-10: 0140430431
Series: The Penguin English Library : Book 1
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 27th May 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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