The Death of King Arthur
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The author of The Death of King Arthur is unknown. What is certain is that he was not the Welshman Walter Map, whose name appears at the beginning and at the end of the text. Why the true author dissembled himself behind the identity of Map, who flourished some fifty years before this poem was written, remains obscure. The story begins with the Round Table sadly depleted in numbers after the Quest of the Holy Grail, and sick at heart. It goes on to tell of Lancelot's continuing adultery with Guinevere and the arrival of the treacherous Mordred, and ends with the last battle at Salisbury, the deaths of Arthur and Lancelot, and the destruction of the Kingdom of Logres. The tale is told simply, with none of the absurd fantasy common in other French romances of the same period, and conveys all the melancholy of the legend that, centuries later, has lost none of its power to move.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1972
ISBN: 0140442553
ISBN-13: 9780140442557

Publisher's Description

Recounting the final days of Arthur, this thirteenth-century French version of the Camelot legend, written by an unknown author, is set in a world of fading chivalric glory. It depicts the Round Table diminished in strength after the Quest for the Holy Grail, and with its integrity threatened by the weakness of Arthur's own knights. Whispers of Queen Guinevere's infidelity with his beloved comrade-at-arms Sir Lancelot profoundly distress the trusting King, leaving him no match for the machinations of the treacherous Sir Mordred. The human tragedy of The Death of King Arthur so impressed Malory that he built his own Arthurian legend on this view of the court - a view that profoundly influenced the English conception of the 'great' King. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author Bio

The author of The Death of King Arthur is unknown, though it is generally thought he was a Frenchman, probably from Champagne writing around 1230-35.

James Cable was educated at Exeter and Nancy Universities and holds a Ph.D. in Old French. He was subsequently a lecturer in French at London University.

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