Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory

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the two great love stories and the theme of the pursuit of the Holy Grail dominate the whole. Here is an important segment of our English heritage in unexpurgated form. A Must for all libraries.
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First published in 1485, during England's War of the Roses, "Le Morte d'Arthur" or "The Death of Arthur" combines all of the known legends of King Arthur into one creative text. Beginning with the birth of Arthur and telling the tale of his rise to become the head of the Knights of the Round Table and the husband of Guinevere, we also learn of Lancelot, Arthur's most venerated knight. Many of the other knights' stories are told with varying degrees of respect for the code of chivalry they are to abide by, including the quest for the Holy Grail. The decline of the Round Table is brought about by opposing forces within, of which the adulterous affair of Guinevere and Lancelot plays a destructive role. Treachery reveals this forbidden passion to Arthur, and his revenge leads to his death. This comprehensive telling of Arthurian legend reflects both medieval chivalry and the fractious social unrest characteristic of Malory's time, of which he was literally a prisoner, in a work that is both monumental and enduri
 

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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 d'Arthur, 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.Keith Baines was born in London, England. He studied at private schools in London and Hampshire, at royal Academy of Music, and at University College, London. He fought in World War II, and after his discharge he turned to his main interest- poetry. Mr. Baines's poems have appeared in periodicals both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
Published December 14, 2009 by Digireads.com. 534 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction
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the two great love stories and the theme of the pursuit of the Holy Grail dominate the whole. Here is an important segment of our English heritage in unexpurgated form. A Must for all libraries.

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