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Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory: Two Volumes Complete (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) [Kindle Edition]

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This Halcyon Classics ebook contains the two-volume 'Le Morte D'Arthur,' which details the mythic legends surrounding Britain's King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Includes an active table of contents for easy navigation.

This unexpurgated edition contains the complete text, with minor errors and omissions corrected.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Caxton Edition 9 July 2011
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have been currently watching Camelot - Season 1 [DVD] on tv, and I thought it was about time I reacquainted myself with Malory's story. I should point out that there is no active table of contents as such here, but you can click to either volume; there is also an introduction here as well.

This is the Caxton edition, and not the Winchester edition, which was found in 1934, and believed to be more how Malory had intended it to be finished. The Caxton edition is the one though that has inspired other authors, painters and poets throughout the ages. Although written quite archaically for today's world, this is still relevatively easy to read, and also for those who read whilst commuting, the chapters are quite short which can be something of a boon.

If you are not familiar with the whole tale then there is something that I should point out. This isn't a novel as how one would think it. Malory did invent some of the tales, and did give this some continuity, but ultimately this is a compilation of English, and of course French Arthurian romances that make up the whole tale. If you want to read how Arthur was born, his love for Guinevere, and the love triangle between them and Lancelot, and the rest of the legend, then this is a book that will keep you entertained. However during the time these tales were written there was a concentration on fighting, tourneys and fashion, food, etc., so this can get repetitive in places.

This was popular when Caxton first published this, and has always remained so, mainly because it is ultimately an entertaining read, and has a bit of everything in it. If you only decide to ever read one Arthurian romance, then you can't really go wrong with this.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Rider
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If you can read Middle English, this is the perfect (and first) book that recounts the Arthurian legend. You get a real eel for the period and it's wonderful to read about these british islands and their multitude of little kingdoms before the rot set it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Aug. 2014
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Completely satisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refurbishing A Great Work is No Disservice 2 Sept. 2011
By Mykael - Published on Amazon.com
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This Halcyon Classics title is a match for any of the pricier editions I have seen. Based on the William Caxton's printed text it includes both volumes. No need to recap its contents here; the stories are familiar through retelling by Twain, Steinbeck, T. E White, and others, and by films.

Why are so many editions based on the Caxton text? It's good to have because it's the first edition but it's only a prototype. There's plenty of room for improvements. A handwritten manuscript by a dead author, a first printing, and a new mechanical printing technology made possible many errors. "...(T)here was a mighty duke in Cornwall that made war against him 'long time'." Now, is this pidgin English or typesetting omissions of 'for a long time'? And if the latter why leave it uncorrected? This isn't sacred text. Caxton, the printer, did the best he could, editing and structuring the work into chapters and headings. But he only started a process which laid a foundation for future work by literary scholars.

For example, the paper print edition by R. M. Lumiansky, Collier Books,1986. Lumiansky managed a less awkward reorganization of chapters, cleaned up misprints, substituted modern spelling, added quotation marks for direct speech, and replaced obsolete words with modern equivalents. The result? A more readable work with tone and flavor intact. Very good to have alongside a "pure" Caxton.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old History 9 Sept. 2013
By Ron Ogle - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book because it was written in the old style. However one has to enjoy reading the history of Arthur and the old style of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Morte D'Arthur 26 Jun. 2013
By Gina Hodgson - Published on Amazon.com
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If You Enjoy The Old Style of Writing, and love medieval era you will enjoy this book.
it is all written in the older language, the way that it would have spoken back during that time.
it takes you back to the time and make you feel part of the story ...
I Loved It ..!
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur legend 2 April 2014
By B Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Along with Hogwarts and Middle Earth,England is home to many magical legends. This is the first and true account of Excalibur, Lancelot and King Arthur.
Once and Future King by T.H.White is the same tale, but more modern. Insights and objective portrayal of characters the reader can reference in their own life
Suitable for young people, but like Harry Potter books, the book appeals to all ages. I just reread at at 60.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price 25 Oct. 2012
By Darlene Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
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I was thrilled to find this for my kindle. I am trying to complete my King Arthur collection. I only wish I could get The Once and Future King on Kindle.
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