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Le Morte D'Arthur
A romance-epic set in the mythic England of King Arthur (c. 450 C.E.); first published in 1485.
Sir Thomas Malory (c.1410-1471)
ALL CRITICS WHO attempt to write on the life and works of Sir Thomas Malory must face a series of severe challenges to the assumptions underlying their discipline. Questions about the connections between a work and the life of its author, about an author’s intentions, and about the underlying structural patterns in a text are familiar enough and still useful today, despite changes in critical fashion and methodology.
Le Morte d'Arthur in Masterplots
Morte d’Arthur, Le The enchanter Merlin advises King Uther Pendragon to establish the fellowship of the Round Table, which will be comprised of the 140 greatest knights in the kingdom. Merlin is to continue his role of Uther’s counselor with Uther’s son, Arthur, who will maintain and immortalize the tradition of the Round Table.
Sir Thomas Malory in Critical Survey of Long Fiction
Le Morte d’Arthur is the only work attributed to Sir Thomas Malory. It was published in 1485 by William Caxton, England’s first printer. The 1485 edition, for centuries the only source of Malory’s tale, is a continuousnarrative of twenty-one “books,” though at the end of some books that clearly complete a larger grouping or “tale,” Caxton included “explicits” (concluding comments) by the author.
Medieval Mind Series
The philosophy, art, literature, and theology of Western Civilization can find their roots in the fervent and fertile Middle Ages. This four-part series helps belie the notion of the Dark Ages by examining the complex worldview of the medieval mind through its religious personages, institutions, and poetry. Four part series, 50 minutes each.
Malory's Le Morte Darthur: Anatomy of a Legend
The richly embroidered story of King Arthur as set down by Sir Thomas Malory during the Middle Ages has unfailingly intrigued generations of readers. P. J. C. Field, one of the world's top authorities on Malory and president of the British branch of the International Arthurian Society; Helen Cooper, editor of the Oxford World's Classics edition of Le Morte Darthur; and medievalist Kevin J. Harty, of La Salle University, begin this survey by assessing the historical and apocryphal underpinnings of the Arthurian legend.