Little is known about the life of the author of the most
famous and influential prose version of the legends of King
Arthur, and eventually the question arises whether he
existed at all.
According to Caxton, "Le Morte
Darthur" was written while Malory was in
It is known that a rebel, Sir Thomas
Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire, was confined at
London's Newgate prison after his disputes with the local
priory, related to Lancastrian-Yorkist
Indeed, early in the text of "Le
Morte Darthur", the author refers to himself as a
He also mentions that he loves
chivalry, hunting, tournaments, and had read an extensive
collection of Arthurian romances.