Le Morte D'Arthur is a late 15th Century work by Thomas Malory, recounting the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Compiled from earlier English and French romances, it became the definitive English-language version of the Arthurian legend, and later writers such as Mark Twain and T.H. White have freely borrowed from it.
Its popularity partly reflects the comparative readability, especially when presented with modernised spellings, of Malory's prose, which is partway between the Middle English of Chaucer and the early modern language of Shakespeare. Although the narrative is often episodic, it presents a number of great themes, including the relationship between Lancelot and Guinevere, the quest for the holy grail, and making and breaking of the fellowship of the Round Table.
The book was printed in 1485 by William Caxton, but an earlier and rather different manuscript version was discovered in Winchester in 1934. The identity of its author, who describes himself as a 'knight prisoner' has been the subject of much scholarly debate.
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