The death of Arthur

The death of Arthur, meaning "The Death of Arthur", is the compilation of French and English Arthurian novels by Thomas Malory. THE book includes Malory's writings (Gareth's story) and retells older stories in light of his interpretations. It was written around 1469 when Malory was in prison.

The text is preserved in the so-called Winchester manuscript copied in the decade following Malory's death in 1471 and it was first published in 1485 by William Caxton. Of our time, The death of Arthur is one of the English works on the legend best-known Arthurians.

Arthur's dead man

Le Morte d'Arthur, by Thomas Malory

The text contains eight different stories:

  1. Fro the Maryage of Kynge Uther unto Kyng Arthure that Regned Aftir Hym and Ded Many Batayles (The birth of King Arthur and the battles he fought)
  2. The Noble Tale Betwyxt Kynge Arthure and Lucius the Emperor of Rome (The war between King Arthur and the Romans)
  3. The Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot Du Lake (The story of Lancelot du Lac)
  4. The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney (Gareth's story)
  5. The Fyrst and the Secunde Boke of Syr Trystrams de Lyones (The story of Tristan and his adventures, which includes his love affair with Isolde)
  6. The Noble Tale of the Sankgreal (The Quest for the Holy Grail)
  7. Sir Launcelot and Queen Gwenyvere (The love affair between Lancelot du Lac and Queen Guinevere)
  8. The Dethe of Arthur (Arthur's death and the fall of the Round Table)

The novel traces the entire history of Arthurian chivalry, from the circumstances of King Arthur's birth to the destruction of his kingdom and the fall of the Round Table.

Here is the first part in modern English.

Here is the second part in modern English.