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Le Morte Darthur (Classics of World Literature) Paperback – 5 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264634
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Le Morte d'Arthur remains an enchanted sea for the reader to swim about in, delighting at the random beauties of fifteenth-century prose. --Robert Graves

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The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature--from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries.
The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings for brotherhood and community, a love worth dying for, and valor, honor, and chivalry. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Words can not express how nice this edition is. They didn't skimp on the innards for once! Olden stylyzed writing and iliustrations. I love it
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Beautiful book and illustrations.
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Beautiful copy, arrived in good time
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Now it’s not a bad book. You have to consider many things here, including its age and the fact that it has been mostly translated into modern English, yet with quite a few antiquated and old-use words kept in. It quite clearly gives the feel of reading from another time. Plus then, also, the narrative itself, isn’t quite as exciting as modern story telling. It appears that when people talk about how captivating it is, they’re talking about how an audience of the time would react, more than a modern-day reader. I’ve heard people describe the exciting details, but considering I’m one who likes to read rather intense fantasy novels, amongst other things, I find the details of Malory’s writing to be rather repetitive. Another thing perhaps to consider is that, in a time when not everyone could read, these stories were designed to be read out loud; if you read up about the Winchester Manuscript, it has prompt marks all over, for exactly this reason.

Anyway, so considering the above, the time at which these texts were written, plus the fact that they were translated from French as there were few surviving English texts at the time, plus that the author partially rewrote parts to fit in with contemporary thinking, well you essentially end up with a modernised historical-fiction account of “Ancient Britain”. It’s not going to give you conclusive proof that King Arthur and his many knights existed. Considering again the fact that the stories have been adapted to use the notions of modern chivalry, ideas which, if they existed, would have been different in that time of history. Yet one thing these stories most definitely did at the time was to bring them back to England and into the English language.
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When I began to create the curriculum for a British Literature course at the boarding school I work at, I realized the resources I was given to use only briefly mentioned the adventures of King Arthur and his knights. Medieval literature is one of my favorite subjects, and I didn't feel it was right for students to be robbed of the experience of reading this classic work. Malory wrote this classic work during the War of the Roses, a civil war that tore England apart. Through his prose, Malory hoped to resurrect the vision of a perfect medieval world. Keep this in mind when you read this book, and try to place yourself in the medieval era. You won't be dissappointed!!!
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The earlier rendition by Keith Baines of Mallory's classic work, 'Le Morte d'Arthur', went out of print, but the demand was such that there was bound to be a press that would pick it up. All hail to Signet for doing so here! They have taken the old text and reprinted it, practically as a photo-stat. Even the pagination has remained the same, but the print face is a bit cleaner than the older copy in a side-by-side comparison (I purchased the Signet edition, thinking it was a revision, when I already had the older Baines edition -- they are the same).
Sir Thomas Mallory was a great one to write the adventures of King Arthur and his knights - a knight himself, he led a life of intrigue and adventure, albeit not one that always lived up to the ideas of chivalry he penned at the heart of the Arthurian legends. Mallory did not invent Arthur; he is one of the principle medieval chroniclers, having time (he was in prison with nothing else to do, after all) to set down in prose stories he'd heard throughout his life. These were popular tales, not always told in the same way with the same details, as is true of most oral legends and transmitted stories, much to the later frustration of scholars and readers. The earliest printing of Mallory's stories had his authorship suppressed by Caxton, one of the better-known publishers of the time.
The earliest Arthurian legends date back as far as the late Roman times in Britain. Controversies abound, but many have settled on a late Roman or Romano-British general named Arturius - however, given the linguistic nature of the name (it is derivative of ruler or leader), it is impossible to know if this was in fact a name or a title, and the legends may be compilations of the acts of many leaders bearing the name.
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Absolutely greatest and most detailed work about King Artur and his Knights and Merlion! Sir Thomas Malory is the best author ever written on the subject! One warning all book is written in Late Middle English so a deep language knowledge is appreciated for good reading!
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amazing book, various short stories of the legendary king arthur. I very much enjoyed this book.
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