- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Le Morte Darthur (Classics of World Literature) Paperback – 5 Sep 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a classic story of Arthur and his court, along with Merlin his wizard ally. Of all the books on the subject, I would definitely recommend this one for Arthurian legend... Read morePublished 5 months ago by heather charnley
I have a few other B&N leather bound classic books, but when I saw this one, I had to have it. Fabulous binding, amazing artwork, inside and out, and of course, an amazing story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kemberlee Lugo Shortland
Lovely quality book. My father inlaw loved his birthday present.Published 21 months ago by Alison Grant
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