Morte d'Arthur

ISBN-10: 0140430431
ISBN-13: 9780140430431
Edition: 2004
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Description: Le Morte D'Arthuris 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/30/1970
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Le Morte D'Arthuris 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'Arthurlooks 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.

Sir Thomas Malory, 1405 - 1471 Sir Thomas Malory's works (consisting of the legends of Sir Lancelot, Sir Gareth, Sir Tristram, and the Holy Grail, as well as the stories of King Arthur's coming to the throne, his wars with the Emperor Lucius, and his death) are the most influential expression of Arthurian material in English. The author's sources are principally French romances; his own contributions are substantial, however, and the result is a vigorous and resonant prose. "Le Morte d'Arthur," finished between March 1469 and March 1470, was first printed in 1485 by William Caxton, the earliest English printer. Malory is presumed to have been a knight from an old Warwickshire family, who inherited his father's estates about 1433 and spent 20 years of his later life in jail accused of various crimes. The discovery of a manuscript version of "Le Morte d'Arthur" in 1934 in the library of Winchester College, supported the identification of Malory the author with Malory the traitor, burglar, and rapist. It showed that many of the inconsistencies in the printed text were traceable to the printing house rather than to the author. The most reliable modern version, therefore, is one like Eugene Vinaver's that is based on the Winchester manuscript.

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