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Le Morte d'Arthur

Sir Thomas Malory

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Le Morte d'Arthur is a chivalric romance written by English writer Sir Thomas Malory whilst he was detained in Newgate prison. Also known as the 'Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table', it was published by William Caxton in 1485 (several years after Malory's death), and it was he that changed the name to Le Morte d'Arthur (Middle French for 'The Death of Arthur'). The book is a reworking of the tales of King Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table. Making no effort at historical accuracy, Malory's work is set in an unspecified time, contains many anachronisms, and replaces Arthur's Saxon invaders with the Ottoman Turks.

Divided into twenty-one books, Le Morte d'Arthur includes tales of Uther Pendragon and the birth of his son Arthur, Arthur's rise to power, the adventures of Sir Lancelot and Sir Gareth, the romance of Tristan and Iseult, The quest for the Holy Grail, the forbidden love between Lancelot and Guinevere, and the break-up of the Round Table Knights.

Despite it's historical inaccuracies, it remains one of the best known works of Arthurian literature.

This book has 487 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1485.

Production notes: This ebook of Le Morte d'Arthur was published by Global Grey on the 25th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Tristan and Isolde with the Potion' by John William Waterhouse.

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