The Morte Darthur, parts seven and eight

166 pages

English language

Published March 18, 1968 by Edward Arnold.

ISBN:
978-0-7131-5326-2
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Presents the epic story of King Arthur, the wizard Merlin, his Knights of the Round Table, the sword Excalibur, and his tragic and poetic death, in a prose translation of the classic legend, featuring an introduction by acclaimed poet Robert Graves.

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Picked this up on Audible to read more about the oldest versions of the Arthurian legend - and this is about as old as they get, dating from 1485. Derek Jacobi does a brilliant job narrating the epic in a conversational way that makes the old English very accessible. Very interesting to read this version of the story and see how much it has changed in more recent versions, as well as how much storytelling style itself has changed. Overall conclusion: poor Mordred, while not the best of characters, has far less to do with the fall of Arthur and Camelot than Guenevier and Lancelot, who really seem to me to be the cause of the entire kingdom's downfall. Interesting study of the perception of what was considered chivalrous, heroic, and admirable at that time in history.

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Subjects

  • Arthurian romances.
  • Kings and rulers -- Fiction.
  • Middle Ages -- Fiction.

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