Le Morte Darthur: Selections

Arguably no medieval English literary work has had as far and wide a reach as Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur; among the many adaptations are Tennyson's Idylls of the King, T.H. White's The Once and Future King, and the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. It might also be argued that the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century tradition of fantasy literature—from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to George Lucas's Star Wars and beyond—owes much to the Arthurian tradition, rooted in English most strongly in Malory's Morte Darthur. Yet there has been no edition that draws on the results of the past generation's scholarship while presenting Malory's work in a form that is at once true to the original and accessible to the modern reader. This new edition, which expands on the revised and expanded selection of Malory material that will be included in the third edition of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, is all of those things. The extensive selections include most of the material concerning Launcelot, and all of the Morte's two final tales; the language has been partially modernized to make the text accessible to the modern reader, while retaining the flavor of the original; the text has been carefully prepared from the Winchester manuscript; and the annotations are extensive.

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    Introduction
    Maureen Okun
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    A Note on the Text
    Maureen Okun
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    from From the Marriage of King Uther unto King Arthur
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    A Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    from The Noble Tale of the Sankgreal
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    The Tale of Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    The Death of Arthur
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    The Early History of Le Morte Darthur
    Maureen Okun
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    William Caxton’s Preface and Colophon to His Edition of Le Morte Darthur (1485)
    William Caxton
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    Sample Illustration from Wynken de Worde’s 1498 edition of Le Morte Darthur
    Maureen Okun
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    from Malory’s Le Morte Darthur: The Pentecostal Oath
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    from Ramon Lull, The Book of the Order of Chivalry4 (c. 1279–83)
    Ramon Lull
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    from a Contemporary Account of the Tournament between Lord Scales and the Bastard of Burgundy, 1467
    Anon
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    from Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love1 (c. 1180
    Andreas Cappellanus
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    from the Alliterative Morte Arthure, lines 3875-3885 (Mordred gives a threnody for Gawain)
    Anon
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    from the Stanzaic Morte Arthur
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    Selections from the Vulgate Cycle (1215–30)
    Anon
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