Le Morte D'Arthur volume 1
Tekst achterzijde boek
||: Sir Thomas Malory
||: Penguin books
riting in the uncertain times of the Wars of the Roses Sir Thomas Malory looked wistfully back to the days of a great king, to a dead age of chivalry, and to a national disaster wreaked by treachery.
The various parts of this most famous of medieval legends - the love of Launcelot and Guenever, the quest for the Holy Grail, the fellowship of the Round Table, the treason of Mordred - are handled by him as seperate episodes: yet they are given a unity by the magic of his prose style.
In the edition of 1485, which this volume follows, it can now be seen what part Caxton played as Malory's first editor. Eight tales of earthly chivalry were welded by him into one book, to compose a story which gains strength, pace, and pathos as it moves towards the inevitable tragedy of Arthur's death.
The cover shows a detail from the "The Marriage of Arthur", an illumination from the fifteenth-century Chroniques de Hainaut, copyright Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles.