Le morte d'Arthur

Le morte d'Arthur

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For over 1,000 years, tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have enthralled people, among them Henry VIII and T.E. Lawrence. Proof of the Arthurian legend's timeless appeal is the fact that scarcely a year goes by without a new adaptation. Published in 1485, Sir Thomas Malory's epic poem Le Morte d'Arthur became the standard source for

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For over 1,000 years, tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have enthralled people, among them Henry VIII and T.E. Lawrence. Proof of the Arthurian legend's timeless appeal is the fact that scarcely a year goes by without a new adaptation. Published in 1485, Sir Thomas Malory's epic poem Le Morte d'Arthur became the standard source for future Arthurian works such as Idylls of the King by Lord Tennyson and T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

With its expressive, vigorous dialogue, Le Morte d'Arthur resounds with colloquial liveliness and ceremonious dignity, the style for a 15th-century gentleman. This audio recording grips the listener with the fascinating, fateful story of Arthur's ascension to the throne as a boy, his marriage to Guenevere, the formation of the Round Table Knights, the quest for the Holy Grail, the ill-fated passion between Lancelot and Guenevere, the treachery of Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred, and the ultimate destruction of Arthur's realm.

A superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal, Le Morte d'Arthur is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony.

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ISBN-13:
2940018892465
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London : Dent
Publication date:
08/30/2016
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Le Morte D'Arthur

Volume One
By Thomas Malory

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Copyright © 2003 Thomas Malory
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ISBN: 1404371494


Chapter One


How Uther Pendragon sent for the duke of Cornwall and Igraine his wife, and of their departing suddenly again.


IT befell in the days of Uther Pendragon, when he was king of all England, and so reigned, that there was a mighty duke in Cornwall that held war against him long time. And the duke was called the Duke of Tintagil. And so by means King Uther sent for this duke, charging him to bring his wife with him, for she was called a fair lady, and a passing wise, and her name was called Igraine.

So when the duke and his wife were come unto the king, by the means of great lords they were accorded both. The king liked and loved this lady well, and he made them great cheer out of measure, and desired to have lain by her. But she was a passing good woman, and would not assent unto the king. And then she told the duke her husband, and said, I suppose that we were sent for that I should be dishonoured; wherefore, husband, I counsel you, that we depart from hence suddenly, that we may ride all night unto our own castle. And in like wise as she said so they departed, that neither the king nor none of his council were ware of their departing. All so soon as King Uther knew of their departing so suddenly, he was wonderly wroth. Then he called to him his privy council, and told them of the sudden departing of the duke and his wife.

Then they advised the king to send for the duke and his wife by a great charge; and if he will not come at your summons, then may ye do your best, then have ye cause to make mighty war upon him. So that was done, and the messengers had their answers; and that was this shortly, that neither he nor his wife would not come at him.

Then was the king wonderly wroth. And then the king sent him plain word again, and bade him be ready and stuff him and garnish him, for within forty days he would fetch him out of the biggest castle that he hath.

When the duke had this warning, anon he went and furnished and garnished two strong castles of his, of the which the one hight Tintagil, and the other castle hight Terrabil. So his wife Dame Igraine he put in the castle of Tintagil, and himself he put in the castle of Terrabil, the which had many issues and posterns out. Then in all haste came Uther with a great host, and laid a siege about the castle of Terrabil. And there he pight many pavilions, and there was great war made on both parties, and much people slain. Then for pure anger and for great love of fair Igraine the king Uther fell sick. So came to the king Uther Sir Ulfius, a noble knight, and asked the king why he was sick. I shall tell thee, said the king, I am sick for anger and for love of fair Igraine, that I may not be whole. Well, my lord, said Sir Ulfius, I shall seek Merlin, and he shall do you remedy, that your heart shall be pleased. So Ulfius departed, and by adventure he met Merlin in a beggar's array, and there Merlin asked Ulfius whom he sought. And he said he had little ado to tell him. Well, said Merlin, I know whom thou seekest, for thou seekest Merlin; therefore seek no farther, for I am he; and if King Uther will well reward me, and be sworn unto me to fulfil my desire, that shall be his honour and profit more than mine; for I shall cause him to have all his desire. All this will I undertake, said Ulfius, that there shall be nothing reasonable but thou shalt have thy desire. Well, said Merlin, he shall have his intent and desire. And therefore, said Merlin, ride on your way, for I will not be long behind.

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Meet 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 dΓÇÖArthur, the first great English prose epic, while imprisoned in Nwgate. 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, before I begin, I must state that the other review of this book is actually for a different edition, specifically the Signet Classics Edition edited by Keith Barnes. This book is the Norton Critical Edition, edited by Stephen H. Shepherd, and as such is one of the most accurate translations of the Le Morte D'Arthur I have seen in some time. It is especially good for use in research papers, as I can attest to from experience. Being meant for research, this book is not intended for anyone who wants a basic introduction to Malory or the Le Morte D'Arthur. The majority of the Middle English spelling conventions have remained intact in this volume, although it is important to note that some spelling has been still altered (as the editor makes clear in the introduction). Thus, a good knowledge of Middle English is necessary before attempting to read this for one's personal pleasure. The editor does some more things which try to keep this volume as close to the original mauscript as possible. One example of this is the line heights. If a sentence was written three lines high in the manuscript, it is printed three lines high in this edition. Items such as this combine to create an edition that is as close as a reader can get to the original Winchester Manuscript without looking at a fascimile of it. Although this edition is overwhelmingly based on the Winchester Manuscript, some portions of the Caxton printing have made their way into this volume, seen in places where the Winchester Manuscript was missing pages (such as the beginning) or was otherwise lacking. The influence of the Caxton printing is rather minimal, but in some areas this edition has to be considered a blend of the two. In addition to the story itself, there are a number of essays and other sources present at the end of the book which can help in research or in putting this tale and its author into perspective. Thus, in total, this would be the only version of Le Morte D'Arthur which I would ever use for research or for scholarly writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knights and dragons, sorcerers and kings, romance and betrayal, blood and guts...there's something of interest for everyone in Malory's story. This book is about the legendary life and acts of King Arthur and the life and struggles of his active family of chivalrous knights. While enjoying the frenetic adventures of Lancelot, Galahad, King Arthur, and Guinevere, many aspects of everyday life in early medieval times are glimpsed, in particular an absorbing overview of the code of chivalry. It's a fascinating journey of knightly heroes struggling to follow the dichotomy of the code of chivalry that calls for heroic military strength balanced by Christian ideals. Lancelot, as the main catalyst of the story, and the 'flower of all knights,' is a symbol of every human--flawed, yet struggling to better himself despite outside temptations. Arthur, on the other hand, is the ultimate symbol of goodness, loyalty, and bravery within the code of chivalry. His Round Table is called the 'flower of chivalry,' although as a result of his total faith in loyalty and honor Arthur is all too trusting of his friends and family. He and his Round Table are the heart of the story, but his fellowship of knights is shaken because of the loss of trust resulting from the adultery of Lancelot and Guinevere. Malory utilizes an effective, yet simple technique of grouping short prose stories with unusal titles such as 'How at night came an armed knight, and fought with Sir Gareth, and he, sore hurt in the thigh, smote off the knight's head,' into a sequential story line. The brevity of each story and the eye-catching titles break up the tediousness of interpreting the old Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. Words such as 'brain-pan' (skull), 'orgulity' (pride), and 'gramercy' (many thanks), are difficult to interpret, but the reader is assisted by a short glossary of terms found at the end of each volume. These stories are grouped into twenty-one books, ranging from the marriage of Arthur and Guinevere, to the story of Lancelot and his search for the Holy Grail, to the final book, detailing the death of King Arthur and the lamentable collapse of the Round Table.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At least attempt modernization
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This only has one book of the entire text. So it is not something that I would recommend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I love, thee, Malory! This is a collectors' edition of the classic tale. The illustrations are beatiful (though I think Waterhouse does a better job at capturing the spirit of the legend) and it is a pleasure to read the classics in nicely bound books rather than decaying paperbacks. I recommend this book only for Arthurian purists as it is unabridged and contains no commentaries to aid the amateur reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Vol. 2.
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Banned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You dumb little kids. Go to a chatroom for your little games!