!Sir Thomas Malory!
Written by: Cristiano Mendez
Sir Thomas Malory
This is the cover that is usually associated with the story of "Le Morte d' Arthur". It depicts King Arthur sitting at the Round Table with several of his knights.
Sir Thomas Malory
This is a self-portrait of our man.
This is an illustration, of the scene in the book, where the Lady of the Lake speaks to King Arthur about the power of the mystical sword Excalibur.
As shown in the quote below, Lancelot is love stricken for the Queen. He'd do anything for.
Then, as the booke seyth, Sir Launcelot began to resorte unto Quene Gwenivere agayne, and forgate the promyse and the perfeccion that he made in the Queste; for, as the booke seyth, had nat Sir Launcelot bene in his prevy thoughtes and in hys myndis so sette inwardly to the Quene as he was in semynge outewarde to God, there had no knyght passed hym in the Queste of the Sankgreall. But ever his thoughtis prevyly were on the Quene, and so they loved togydirs more hotter than they dud toforehonde, and had many such prevy draughtis togydir that many in the courte spake of hit. (588.10-18)
Sir Lancelot says that through all that has happened, he still remains loyal to King Arthur in page 674. This shows the brotherhood that these two men have with one another.
"For I woll allwayes fle that noble kynge that made me knyght; and whan I may no farther, I muste nedis deffende me – and that woll be more worshyp for me and us all than to compare with that noble kynge whom we have all served." (674.22-26)
It is truly a wonderful conflict that Sir Thomas has created in his story.
The story of Le Morte d'Arthur combines the French and English versions of this story. Malory draws on the work of many other authors, and also throws in his own dash of creativity.
This amazing tale has inspired our pop culture. Movies such as "The Sword in the Stone" and "Avalon High" are all based off this story.
Authors such as Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sydney, state that Sir Malory's story was the central influence that they based their stories off of.