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Malory : the knight who became King Arthur's chronicler

Author: Christina Hardyment
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur (1469) is one of the most renown books in the world. Virtually all modern versions of the Arthurian legends are derived from its energetic, memorably phrased and remarkably individual telling of the stirring exploits of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Yet the identity of the fifteenth-century knight who wrote it has remained an enigma for centuries. The existing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Malory, Sir; Thomas Malory, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Hardyment
ISBN: 0066209811 9780066209814
OCLC Number: 62732846
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2005"--T.p. verso.
Description: xvi, 634 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: the puzzle --
The Morte Darthur briefly drawn --
The baptism bell --
Childhood --
Apprenticeship in chivalry --
Taking the adventure --
Agincourt and after --
The conquest of Normandy --
Winning worship --
Captains courageous --
Defending Christendom --
Battling in Bayonne --
Malory at home --
The Camelot years --
Misrule doth rise --
Knight reformer --
Nemesis --
Ravisher of women? --
'In no wise guilty' --
At war with the law --
Knight prisoner --
a powerful patron --
This sun of York --
Princepleaser --
The secret agent --
Lancaster's champion --
A good end.
Responsibility: Christina Hardyment.
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Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur (1469) is one of the most renown books in the world. Virtually all modern versions of the Arthurian legends are derived from its energetic, memorably phrased and remarkably individual telling of the stirring exploits of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Yet the identity of the fifteenth-century knight who wrote it has remained an enigma for centuries. The existing records of his life imply that he was a criminal--accused of rape, ambush, rustling and attacks on abbeys--and in prison for most of his life. Using evidence from new historical research and deductions from the only known manuscript copy of Malory's masterpiece, Christina Hardyment resolves the contradictions in this story of a man who was marked by great achievement along with deep disgrace. She depicts Malory as an experienced soldier--who fought against the French with Henry V and was closely connected with the Knights Hospitallers' battles against the Turks in Rhodes--an expert on tournaments, a connoisseur of literature, a loyal subject who was deeply involved in the troubled politics of the Wars of the Roses, and a writer who intended his great work to inspire the princes and knights of his own time to high endeavors and noble acts.

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