Le Morte Darthur

by Sir Thomas Malory
Editor: William Caxton


Le Morte d'Arthur (originally written as Le Morte Darthur; inaccurate Middle French for "The Death of Arthur") is a 15th-century Middle English prose reworking by Sir Thomas Malory of tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table, along with their respective folklore. In order to tell a "complete" story of Arthur from his conception to his death, Malory compiled, rearranged, interpreted and modified material from various French and English sources. Today, this is one of the best-known works of Arthurian literature. Many authors since the 19th-century revival of the legend have used Malory as their principal source. 
Apparently written in prison at the end of the medieval English era, Le Morte d'Arthur was completed by Malory around 1470 and was first published in a printed edition in 1485 by William Caxton. Until the discovery of the Winchester Manuscript in 1934, the 1485 edition was considered the earliest known text of Le Morte d'Arthur and that closest to Malory's original version. Modern editions under myriad titles are inevitably variable, changing spelling, grammar and pronouns for the convenience of readers of modern English, as well as often abridging or revising the material.
Excerpted from Le Morte d'Arthur on Wikipedia.

person AuthorSir Thomas Malory
language CountryKingdom of England
api GenreChivalric romance, Knights, Adventure Novels
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
camera_alt Book coverOriginal Image: Charles Ernest Butler | wikimedia
book_online EbooksProject Gutenberg
description ScansGoogle-digitized
headphones AudioLibrivox | Internet Archive
Reader: Collaborative
auto_stories Read onlineLe Morte Darthur I, II, III