Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book Of King Arthur And Of His Noble Knights Of The Round Table ......

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  • ISBN-13: 9781271566570
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2002

    Not what I expected

    I ordered this book to simply have a bare bones edition until the Norton critical edition is published this fall. It arrived today and I am disappointed to find that it will not meet my needs. Baines states in the preface: 'the purpose of this book is to proivide a concise and lucid rendering of Le Morte d'Arthur in modern idiom for the benefit of those 'students and general readers who wish to obtain a firm grasp of the whole, but lack the time and enthusiasm necessary to perform this task for themselves' and that 'my procedure throughout has been to retell each tale 'in my own words''. If you are looking to do any scholarly work, this translation may not meets your needs either. I can't speak to the effectiveness of the translation for the general reader as I will not be reading it. It would have been nice if Barnes & Noble had included this bit of information about the translation in their description of this edition.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    The Best Edition I have Read

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001

    A Lesson in Chivalry

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Not the full text

    This only has one book of the entire text. So it is not something that I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Petalflight

    Banned

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Dumb

    You dumb little kids. Go to a chatroom for your little games!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    ????

    Kinda confuing book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Vol 2

    This is Vol. 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    For the Renaissance Fans

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Helen Cooper

    Helen Cooper, the editor of this edition, is among the foremost medievalists of our day. She is well versed in Chaucerian and Malorian literature, and is considered by her colleagues to be a truly brilliant scholar. After having heard her speak, I must concur - she is absolutely breathtaking. I would recommend this edition (or any other work she has set her hand to) most highly!

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