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Sir Thomas Malory

(1405-1471)

English Author
King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table

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 prison.

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 politics.

Indeed, early in the text of "Le Morte Darthur", the author refers to himself as a knight-prisoner.

He also mentions that he loves chivalry, hunting, tournaments, and had read an extensive collection of Arthurian romances.


Of Le Morte d'Arthur, edited by Claxton, only one complete copy is left.

A manuscript, edited by Eugene Vinaver in 1947, was discovered at Winchester College in 1934.

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English Authors:  Anonymous Austen Bronte Chaucer Christie
 Claxton Collins Conrad Darwin Defoe
 Dickens Doyle Bronte Eliot Forster
 Gaskell Hardy James Jerome Kipling
 Lawrence Malory Meredith Milton Scott
 Shakespeare Shelley Smith Somerset Maugham Thackeray
 Walpole Wells Wilde

Other Authors of Medieval-Renaissance-Chivalry genre:
Anonymous Boccaccio Cervantes Chaucer Dante
Machiavelli Troyes The Nibelungenlied The Song Of Roland

William Caxton, the man who edited Le Morte Darthur, is the father of English printing.

King Arthur is the best known and most loved of all of the legendary figures of the very beginning of English Literature.

Beowulf is probably the earliest one.

Sir Thomas Malory's work is a successful blend of nearly every earlier version of the myths and legends of King Arthur.

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