OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Le Morte Darthur: The Winchester Manuscript

ISBN : 9780199537341

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¥1,639
Author: 
Thomas Malory; Helen Cooper
Pages
624 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
130 x 198 mm
Pub date
Sep 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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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.

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Arthurian Material to 1500
Glossary of Recurrent Words

LA MORTE DARTHUR
FROM THE MARRIAGE OF KING UTHER UNTO KING ARTHUR
How Uther Pengragon begot the Noble Conqueror King Arthur
The Tale of Balin and Balan
The Wedding of King Arthur

Of Nenive and Morgan le Fay
THE NOBLE TALE BEWIST KING ARTHUR AND LUCIUS THE EMPEROR OF ROME
A NOBLE TALE OF SIR LANCELOT DU LAKE
THE LATE OF SIR GARETH OF ORKNEY
THE BOOK OF SIR TRISTRAM DE LYONESSE
Of Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot's son
Of Sir Lancelot
Of Sir Tristram and of Sir Palomides
THE NOBLE TALE OF SANGRAIL

Of Sir Galahad
Of Sir Gawain
Of Sir Lancelot
Of Sir Percival de Gales
Of Sir Lancelot
Of Sir Gawain and Sir Ector
Of Sir Bors de Ganis
Of Sir Galahad
Of Sir Lancelot
Of Sir Galahad
THE TALE OF SIR LANCELOT ND QUEEN GUENIVERE
THE DEATH OF ARTHUR

Appendix: Caxton's Preface
Explanatory Notes
Index of Characters

About the author: 

Thomas Malory
Edited and abridged with introduction and notes by Helen Cooper, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford; and Tutorial Fellow, University College, Oxford

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