Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern (volume 24)

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byCharles Dudley Warner

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Excerpt: ... SIR THOMAS MALORY AND THE 'MORTE D'ARTHUR' (fifteenth Century) BY ERNEST RHYS Ihe one certain thing about Sir Thomas Malory is, that he wrote the first and finest romance of chivalry in our common tongue,-- the 'Morte d'Arthur.' Beyond this, and the testimony that the book affords as to its author, we have little record of him. That he was a Welshman, however, seems highly probable; and his name is certainly of Welsh origin, derived as it is from Maelor, That he was a clerk in holy orders is likely too. It was usual to distinguish vicars at that period and later by the prefix "Sir "; and various clergymen of the same Christian name and surname as his may be traced by old tombs, at Mobberley in Cheshire and elsewhere. Bale, in his interesting Latin chronicle of 1548, on 'Illustrious Writers of Great Britain,> speaks of his "many cares of State," it is true; but church and State were then closely enough allied to make the two things compatible with our view of him. Bale's further account is brief but eloquent. Our romancer was a man, he tells us, "of heroic spirit, who shone from his youth in signal gifts of mind and body." Moreover, a true scholar, a true man of letters, who never interrupted his quest "through all the remnants of the world's scattered antiquity." So it was that Malory was led to gather, from various sources, all the traditions he could find "concerning the valor and the victories of the most renowned King Arthur of the Britons." Out of many materials, in French and Latin, in Welsh and Breton, he shaped the book 'Morte d'Arthur' as we now know it; working with a sense of style, and with a feeling for the tale-teller's and the romancer's art, which show him to be much more than the mere compiler and book-maker that some critics have been content to call him. A word...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Excerpt: ... SIR THOMAS MALORY AND THE 'MORTE D'ARTHUR' (fifteenth Century) BY ERNEST RHYS Ihe one certain thing about Sir Thomas Malory is, that he wrote the first an...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.32 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217501494

ISBN - 13:9780217501491

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