The Death of King Arthur

The Death of King Arthur

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Overview

Recounting the final days of Arthur, this thirteenth-century French version of the Camelot legend, written by an unknown author, is set in a world of fading chivalric glory. It depicts the Round Table diminished in strength after the Quest for the Holy Grail, and with its integrity threatened by the weakness of Arthur's own knights. Whispers of Queen Guinevere's infidelity with his beloved comrade-at-arms Sir Lancelot profoundly distress the trusting King, leaving him no match for the machinations of the treacherous Sir Mordred. The human tragedy of The Death of King Arthur so impressed Malory that he built his own Arthurian legend on this view of the court - a view that profoundly influenced the English conception of the 'great' King. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140442557
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1972
Series: Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 655,809
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The author of The Death of King Arthur is unknown, though it is generally thought he was a Frenchman, probably from Champagne writing around 1230-35.

James Cable was educated at Exeter and Nancy Universities and holds a Ph.D. in Old French. He was subsequently a lecturer in French at London University.

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