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[ Read Online Le Morte d'Arthur ↠´ christian-historical-fiction PDF ] by Thomas Malory ✓ FINALLY finished this last night No exaggeration I have been reading this book for six months Not six continuous months, mind you I kept the book by my bed and would try to read a little bit every night, but I could never manage to read than twenty pages in a single sitting, and I would usually be reading another book in the meantime and forget about Le Morte d Arthur for weeks at a time This thing is a hell of a slog, in other words Sure, there are knightly adventures and duels aplenty, but once you ve read two or three you ve pretty much read them all It s just dudes getting smote off their horses and slicing other dudes in the head and damosels running around being pretty and useless, and wasn t there supposed to be something about a grail quest further research tells me that all the stuff about the Holy Grail takes place in Volume Two, which I have absolutely no interest in tracking down It got to the point where I had to invent games to keep myself invested in the story, like How Many of the Fight Scenes Can Be Interpreted as Gay Sex Scenes The answer, dear reader, is A Lot By that Sir Launcelot was come, then he proffered Sir Launcelot to joust and either made them ready, and they came together so fiercely that either bare down other to the earth, and sore were they bruised and so they rushed together like boars, tracing, raising, and foining to the mountenance of an hour and Sir Launcelot felt him so big that he marvelled of his strength, for he fought liker a giant than a knight, and that his fighting was durable and passing perilous For Sir Launcelot had so much ado with him that he dreaded himself to be shamed, and said, Beaumains, fight not so sore, your quarrel and mine is not so great but that we may leave off Truly that is truth, said Beaumains, but it doth me good to feel your might, and yet, my lord, I showed not the utterance And then they hurled together as wild boars, and thus they fought a great while For Meliagaunce was a good man and of great might, but Sir Lamorak was hard big for him, and put him always aback, but either had wounded other sore. At long last hath I enchieved the goodliest quest of 937 pages of Ye Olde English 937 pages of damosels and knights smiting everych other and breaking their spears all to brast, and tourneys and justing and villainous kings who traitorly slew oops, there I go again I m just so happy I ve been reading this book since February it s now November and inasmuch as I thought I was prepared because of that one Christmas that Mr Murray wrote the family Christmas letter in Ye Olde English really, he did I had no way of comprehending what I was getting myself into It got to be a point of pride that I had to get through this book, even though it took me about 500 pages or so to really get the rhythm of it Of course that means I should probably re read the first 500 pages, since I don t remember much of what happened, but that s just not an option right now At any rate, it s been a fun, what, nine months or so of reading, or at least trying to read, a little bit whenever I could, until I really hit my stride at around page 600 and knocked off 300 pages in a week And I was wood wroth out of measure that it took me that long to figure out what was going on By the end, I had gotten a good handle on it and was able to fully appreciate the tragedy of the story. I do have a complaint, and a recommendation to anyone who wants to enchieve this goodly quest. Complaint the quest for the Holy Grail took about 50 pages, and it was, like, the freakin easiest quest in the book And could have been a lot easier if anyone paid attention to what was going on around them half the time maybe they would have realized that they knew where the frakking thing was all along Sigh Maybe if a woman had been involved I have to think that if Dame Elaine had been consulted, she would have smacked Launcelot, Galahad, Percivale and Bors upside the head and said something along the lines of, Do I have to do EVERYTHING around here Recommendation I typically read two books at once a big fat hardcover at home and a paperback on the way to work As it happens, the paperback that I have been reading the last week or so on the subway is Mark Twain s A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur s Court Reading the parody of Malory s Le Morte D Arthur alongside the original actually has been very helpful Twain kindly defines some of the Ye Olde English words for you and cracks you up with his take on the discomforts of wearing armor and the silly simplicity of most of the people in Ye Olde England He definitely captures the head shaking aspect of certain parts of the book and I m glad that he gave a shoutout to La Cote Male Taile, whose story was one of the few that I remembered from the first half of Malory s version who could forget that shrew that the poor guy had to put up with Reading Mark Twain alongside Sir Thomas actually clarifies Sir Thomas quite a bit and makes the original a little easier to read. Happy questing I just recently finished reading Le Morte d Arthur , and it was an interesting experience It defies categorization Not a novel, not an epic poem, not exactly a collection of myths, than a collection of folk stories, certainly a product of a Christian imagination, but very earthy Repetitive, but after I got into the rhythm of it, not boring Once you submit your prejudices to the vision of the author, you become able to enter into this strange world of kings, knights, ladies, wars and tournaments When we do, we discover that Arthur and his court represent an ideal For Malory and his audience, a true king was noble at all times and able to marshall his forces in service of the good A true knight trusted God to uphold his cause in the test of arms A true lady was virtuous and worthy of being defended at all costs There is much in these ideals that is noteworthy, and we look down our nose at these ideas at our own peril, I think. There is a rhythm, a pattern in how the tales of King Arthur and his knights are told There is always a quest in need of a knight, a lady in need of a champion, and a knight in need of proving his mettle He will do so in the only way available to him at that time through jousts and combat at arms with other errant knights he meets on his way Courts, juries and judges are few and far between, so wrongs can only be righted by a gentle knight who will prove with his puissance that his cause is just Again, when you sit back and accept that this is the pattern Malory used, the tales are enjoyable even though we know the formula and can predict with ease what is going to happen Morte d Arthur , though, is than jousts and hunts Digging beneath the surface, the reader discovers that the stories are filled with symbols and metaphors that show that Malory was telling than stories of jousting knights The legends of King Arthur are filled with Biblical allusions Arthur, the once and future king, is a type of Christ HIs knights bear resemblances to many of the apostles Gawain is Peter, Modred is Judas, and so on Even hunting excursions mean than just a hunt A white hart sometimes symbolizes Christ Himself, and the hunt becomes a pursuit of salvation But Malory was no mere idealist King Arthur and his knights and ladies are deeply flawed Sir Tristram and Queen Iseult indulge in an adulterous relationship for years under the protection of Lancelot Lancelot himself uses his skill in battle to prove the innocence of himself and Guenevere, something few believe and even the king doubts Gawain s impetuous nature is as much to blame for the fall of Camelot as Modred s treason And in the quest for the holy Grail, the knights of the round table are all held accountable for their manifold sins The quest for the Grail came as a surprise to me I always thought that the goal of the quest was to obtain the cup and give it to the king, and it is often presented in this manner Malory, though, saw it differently The quest for the Grail was a quest for the beatific vision, to be admitted into the presence of Christ while still on Earth This is the reason it could only be accomplished by one who was as sinless as Galahad This is also the reason that so many of the knights die in this quest In their pride they pursued the Grail as an object to be possessed and manipulated They embark on the quest unworthy of the quest itself, let alone the Grail Half of them will pay for this affront with their lives. Another surprise for me was the way in which Le Morte made it clear that Arthur, Camelot, and Logres are inextricably connected The life of each follows the same arc Camelot and Logres only begin to enjoy their greatness when Arthur becomes king They grow and age with him, and his fate is their fate As he waxes in strength, wisdom and goodness, so do they They are at their height when he is at his, and when he falters and fails, they must also fall The death of King Arthur is the death of his court and all that it stood for when at its best The hope that he will return is the hope that true nobility, true chivalry has not died but only slumbers to awaken at need Le Morte is written in almost a perfunctory fashion There is not much beauty to its prose But the story itself is beautiful enough in its promise and tragedy to ameliorate any defect of technique It is the font from which nearly all of our Arthurian stories springs There is not a single book, poem, play, or movie about kings, knights and wizards that does not owe a certain debt to Le Morte There is much to reward the reader today who is willing to let Malory tell his tale his way I encourage you to do so.
The ultimate piece of Arthurian legend Perhaps. It took me a quarter of a century as a passionate lover of mythology and fantasy to read Le Morte d Arthur, and in the end I only did so because I ve started regularly encountering and listening to people who know much about Arthurian literature than I do Sadly, the academic approach lead me to get little enjoyment out of this I m sure it s great, but I couldn t enjoy it like I can modern iterations of the mythos like The Winter King and The Mists of Avalon, my two favourite Arthurian stories. This work, which I should probably refer to as a masterpiece, has such an interestingly unique position in the literary canon It is perhaps the most important, most known work, but it occupies a weird middle position between modern adaptations, of which there are seemingly millions, and considerably older works, of which there are also quite many Geoffrey of Monmouth comes to mind, and I strangely enjoyed his silly history much , possibly because of the attempted historical voice. Still, Malory is thoroughly fascinating in his own right, for his influences on our thinking not just about King Arthur and his buddies, but about knights and chivalry and the Medieval world in general. And since I m trying to check off all the important works of Arthurian writing, Le Morte d Arthur is, of course, unmissable. I m so glad I finally read Le Morte Darthur I ve loved the King Arthur stories ever since I was little and read what I think was a retelling by Enid Blyton I actually read this for my Late Medieval Literature class, but I d have read it someday anyway The copy I read was an abridgement, which is probably a good thing as parts of it got quite tedious as it was The introduction to this version is pretty interesting and, by the way, my lectures on it were wonderful. I subscribe to the view that this is not necessarily intended to be a novel in the modern sense The tales are too repetitive in parts and each can stand alone I do agree that they re all related to each other, though Throughout the course of the book, the tales get better and lovingly written, I think I do suspect Sir Thomas Malory would rather like to have married Lancelot on the astral plane It s odd to notice how much of a stinking liar Lancelot is, and yet the text makes no judgement on him at all for that I m aware of the public honour system s part in that, but stillI m not sure one can say anything new on this text that hasn t been said, to be honest I loved it, and if you re into King Arthur and you don t mind a bit of a challenge, I suggest you go for it. Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam rexque futurus Because in some secret part of my heart, I believe that one day King Arthur will come again. It happened one Pentecost when King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table had all assembled at the castle of Kynke Kenadonne and were waiting, as was customary, for some unusual event to occur before settling down to the feast, that Sir Gawain saw through the window three gentlemen riding toward the castle, accompanied by a dwarf. I fully expected to dislike this book The prospect of five hundred pages of jousting knights struck me as endlessly tedious, and I only opened the book out of a sense of respect for its status as a classic But immediately I found myself entranced This is a thoroughly engrossing read And I should not have been surprised, since it delves so heartily into the two staples of popular entertainment sex and violence Indeed, one of the most amusing aspects of this book is how completely out of harmony is the chivalric code with the Christian religion the characters do nothing but mate and slaughter, while the name of Jesu is on everybody s lips. Sir Thomas Malory assembled Le Morte d Arthur out of several pre existing legends, some of which he translated from French manuscripts, with a few stories of his invention thrown in His major innovation was to arrange these traditional tales into a semi coherent order, beginning with Arthur s ascension to the throne and ending with his death at the hands of his son The result is a patchwork of stories nested within stories, all told at a pace which, to a modern reader, can seem ludicrous Major developments occur on every page, one after the other, in a staccato rhythm which can make the stories appear bluntly humorous, even if it was not Malory s intention. The world depicted in these pages is so frankly unreal, the level of violence so constant and gratuitous, that its final impression is that of a cartoonThey fought once and Sir Tristram killed his opponent Then, running over to his son, he swiftly beheaded him tooDaily life is entirely hidden from view There are no peasants, no merchants, no artisans there are no friends or happy families There are only questing knights, heavily armed men who are obsessed with challenging one another And though they profess a knightly code of conduct, even the most chivalrous of knights are seen to be unscrupulous murderers and, with few exceptions, unrepentant adulterers The hero of this book, Sir Launcelot, feels very few pangs of guilt for continuously sleeping with his liege s wife, Gwynevere and he is the best of knights. But the characters are so flat, their actions so stereotyped, their lives so monotonously dramatic, that I found it impossible to view them as moral actors, praiseworthy or damnable They are, rather, centers of this bizarre world that Malory constructs And it certainly is an exciting place Monsters, magicians, enchantresses, prophesies, curses, visions, and of course endless combat and manic love the small isle of Britain can hardly contain it all Sure, there are parts of the book that drag, particularly during the tournaments Malory s descriptions of combat are heavily stylized, consisting of the same basic elements over and over again and, as in the Iliad, large engagements are pictured as a series of individual contests between heroic foes But for the most part Malory combines his traditional motifs together dexterously, enlivening larger stories with innumerable episodes, creating a raucous forward momentum. As a result of all this, I greatly enjoyed Le Morte d Arthur, even if it was not for the reasons that Malory intended I found the book delightfully absurd, almost parody of itself, a sort of whimsical fantasy novel What Malory hoped to convey with these stories whether they are supposed to represent a model of heroism, an ironic comment on violence, or a response to the Wars of the Roses I cannot say but his book is better than any television show I know. I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt This book reads like some jag off had some time to kill in prison and was just putting words down on paper to keep himself from being super bored. Oh, wait. So no one really knows who Thomas Malory was, apparently, which is a story in and of itself much interesting than this collection of loosely connected thoughts Consensus is that Malory was probably this one guy who did a bunch of bad things and spent a lot of time in jail, so I m also going to go with that idea because I can t be bothered to think about this much than I already have Point is, apparently in the 15th century the name Thomas Malory was sort of like John Smith, without the benefit of Facebook or Google to narrow things down, so what we know about Malory may actually be a composite of a bunch of other Thomas Malories running around at the time Again whatever. Then this other guy, William Caxton, came along and broke this behemoth into various books inside, and published the whole thing after Malory died So, that happened. I don t really know who to blame overall, but this book is crazy boring I wanted to enjoy it so much, and believe me, early language doesn t normally bother me But this was such a drag Each sentence started either with the word Then or And , so it was paraphrasing here, as well as modernizing all And then Launcelot said Yo Then King Arthur fell off his horse And then damosels Y know, pretty much like that, for 938 pages, as though written by a child with no expressive vocabulary The chapters are short thank GOD , so if you give yourself some time you can breeze through quite a few at once, unless you become so bored you forget what day it is and your eyes begin to bleed The books themselves that Caxton created were much longer at times, or once in a while super short I guess just to fuck with us. My boyfriend had this argument going for the four months I read this book about how can t be boring since Malory just took information from all those French people who wrote about this stuff first, and that might be true, except you know how there s always that one person who comes into a fun conversation and sucks the fun right out of the room Like every single time I think Malory was that guy Everyone would be standing around the 15th century version of a water cooler shooting the shit and whatnot, and here comes Sir Malory to, I don t know, rape someone, and it s all Man, who invited Tommy I give this book two stars not because I actually enjoyed much of it though the bit about Launcelot getting shot in the ass with an arrow amused me enough to read that section a few times shut up, he had it coming , but because I can appreciate the importance of it in the realm of literature, etc etc Oh, and it aches me to say that The first book I read for this project of mine was The Travels of Sir John Mandeville which was published in the 14th century, and I have to say that store was much rich than this one was Which is crazy, right Because we all know about King Arthur and Camelot and the knights of the Round Table, and it should all be dashing and exciting For fuck s sake, there was nothing dashing or exciting about it by Malory s account But it s one step towards the modern novel as we know it and love it today, so huzzah for that Hence the second star The second star may also symbolize just how fucking happy I am to be done reading it Also, Malory didn t even tell the story right I mean, how do you leave out the most important scene in Arthurian history Seriously. But, yes, let s talk about one joust, because those weren t represented nearly enough in this story Again, keep in mind it s just talking about Malory was not about show not tell back then, clearly. Next up The Countess of Pembroke s Arcadia, Sir Philip SidneyActually, I just realized I also intended to read Utopia, Thomas More, for the second chapter in Schmidt s book So I will head that direction before hitting Sidney. In A Time When There Were Damsels In Distress To Save, And Mythical Dragons To Slay, King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table Were There To Render Justice In The Face Of Any Danger From The Incredible Wizardry Of Merlin To The Undeniable Passion Of Sir Launcelot, These Tales Of Arthur And His Knights Offer Epic Adventures With The Supernatural, As Well As Timeless Battles With Our Humanity This is the ONLY version of Le Morte d Arthur that you should EVER read Complete with Early Modern English and absolutely NO dumbing down of the material Great stuff. cross posted at booklikes and the mo centric universe my copy of le morte d arthur is the classic and complete vinaver edit and i highly recommend it i haven t read it in years but picking it up now, i assure you this copy is well thumbed and annotated from my first reading in university in the first fifty pages, i have written in a very small hand above words to explain their meanings, as i did when reading other, older middle english works much difficult to ken still, i smile when i see that i have copied from the glossary provoked over syke which rings so closely to our modern psych eventually the notations taper off, as i began to get the rhythm and word structures set in my head but there is pencil underlining throughout the texts, and bright pink pen underlining some of the notes at the back i see here that i argued with some of the notes in the margins i read the hell out of this book, twice there is a major crack in the spine at page 519, in book 8 of the quest for the holy grail or properly the Sankgreall i find i even made the time to draw a two tone flower on the page thickness, and faintly, a pencil one eyed monster eye, and a triton. i had always had a soft spot for Arthurian legend and i was thrilled to read Malory s translation of the French tales in English despite the lengthy and repetitive lists of who slaughtered whom in battle after battle, i loved reading it i have always been interested in questions of honour and what is right, for the individual, and what he must forsake for the right to honour in his community as a whole there is both blame and beauty in this book, and notes i scribbled in its blank pages at the end show i was preoccupied with these ideas, of camelot as a dream, and arthur s inability to ignore the slights to his own personal honour in order to protect it the last lines i underlined are these And therefore, seyde the king, wyte you well, my harte was never so hevy as hyte ys now And much I am soryar for my good knytes losse than for the losse of my fayre queen for quenys I myghte have inow, but such a felyship of good knytes shall never be togydirs in no company And now i dare sey, seyde the kynge Arthur, there was never Crystyn kynge that ever hylde such a felyship togydyrs And alas, that ever sir Launcelot and I shulde be at debate A, Aggravayne, Aggravayne, seyd the kynge, Jesu forgyff hit thy soule, for thyne evyll wyll that thou haddist and sir Mordred, thy brother, unto sir Launcelot hath caused all this sorow And ever among thes complayntes the kynge wept and sowned This work by Maureen de Sousa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivs 3. 0 Unported License.
Sir Thomas Malory was a knight in the fifteenth century, who, while imprisoned, compiled the collection of tales we know as Le Morte D Arthur, translating the legend of King Arthur from original French tales such as the Vulgate Cycle.