April 12, 2019
A widely-known and timeless classic, Le Morte d’Arthur – King Arthur and the Knights Of The Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory is the masterpiece from which the Arthurian Legend was born.
As the definitive English-language version of the story of Arthur and his Knights, Sir Thomas Malory collated information from the historical tradition and lore that was available to him at the time.
For a book that draws from various sources, it actually reads seamlessly, which speaks of Malory’s skill in the creation of this book and the ironclad integration he undertook. It’s also worth noting that the book is written in Old English.
All components of the Arthurian Legend, from Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, the Knights of The Round Table, to Excalibur and the Quest for the Holy Grail are all contained therein. Considering the book was published over 500 years ago, it’s actually a remarkable achievement considering that there aren’t many books which appeal so much to human creativity and imagination from that specific time period. Granted, Malory drew from English and French sources for this, but it was his imagination that allowed him to make this book a finished product.
Some intriguing components of the book are the many themes the book features, which are repeatedly alluded too. Woven within the story are themes that encompass revenge, jealousy, trickery, honor and chivalry. The many quests that the Knights undertake are also a common theme in the book.
The measure of a great fiction book is how great it stokes the embers of imagination. Without a doubt, Sir Thomas Malory’s work has done all that, and much more, which is why after centuries later these stories still have a remarkable appeal to a wide-ranging audience.
As a classic adventure featuring intrigue, romance, deception, and adventure with sprinklings of magic, the legend of King Arthur has and always will be a mainstay in literature. That is because it appeals to the element of human mind in a way that many other books do not, and that is what makes it a landmark book in Mythology and Folklore. Any connoisseur of Mythology would enjoy this thoroughly.
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