Le Morte Darthur : The Winchester Manuscript

Le Morte Darthur : The Winchester Manuscript

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The greatest English version of the stories of King Arthur, Le Morte Darthur was completed in 1469-70 by Sir Thomas Malory, `knight prisoner'. This generously annotated edition, in a new abridgement by Helen Cooper based on the Winchester manuscript, represents what Malory wrote more closely than the first version printed by William Caxton. - ;The definitive English version of the stories of King Arthur, Le Morte Darthur was completed in 1469-70 by Sir Thomas Malory, `knight-prisoner'. In a resonant prose style, Malory charts the tragic disintegration of the fellowship of the Round Table, destroyed from within by warring factions. Recounting the life of King Arthur, the knightly exploits of Sir Lancelot du Lake, Sir Tristram, Sir Gawain, and the quest for the Holy Grail, Le Morte Darthur depicts the contradictions that underscore the Fellowship's chivalric ideals. A pervading tension cumulates in the revelation of Lancelot and Guenivere's illicit passion, and in Arthur's powerlessness to prevent a related outbreak of violence and revenge. This generously annotated edition is based on the authoritative Winchester manuscript and represents what Malory wrote more closely than the first version printed by William Caxton. Intelligently abridged from the original to make a single substantial volume, the translation is supplemented by a fine Introduction, a Glossary, and extensive Notes -Malorya#39;s source for this section is unknown, though there are a number of analogues in both French and English; it is possible that he made it up himself on the model of these. ... man mm: the fair hands are an indication of his true nature, since they are a sign of someone not used to manual labour. ... Ilis introduction here marks 135 137 142 150 156 I67 Malorya#39;s concern to make Explanatory Notes 541.


Title:Le Morte Darthur : The Winchester Manuscript
Author: Thomas Malory
Publisher:Oxford Paperbacks - 1998-03-05
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