Sir Thomas Malory

Sir Thomas Malory

Sir Thomas Malory (c.1405—March 14, 1471), whose surname appears in various spellings, including "Maillorie" and "Maleore," was the author or compiler of Le Morte d'Arthur. His name comes from the Old French adjective maleuré (from Latin male auguratus), meaning ill-omened or unfortunate.

Few facts are certain in Malory's history. It is believed that he was knighted in 1442 and entered the English Parliament representing Warwickshire in 1445. In 1450, it appears that he turned towards a life of crime, being accused of murder, robbery, stealing, poaching, and rape. However, the validity of these charges are the subject of much controversy given Malory's unclear political affiliations. False charges were common amidst the political strife of the Wars of the Roses.

Malory is believed to have obtained the material for his work from many French sources in addition to earlier English Arthurian Romances, most notably the stanzaic Morte Arthur and the alliterative Morte Arthure. Le Morte D'Arthur brought together the various strands of the legend in a prose romance which many critics reckon the best of its kind. Some claim it to have the status of "the first recognizable novel.

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Brit. Lit. Volume 2
from Logos School
for 10th-12th grade
in Logos Brit. Lit. (Location: LITCUR-LOG)
King Arthur and His Knights
by Thomas Malory
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: LIT2-MED)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Sydney Lanier, Thomas Malory
from Grosset & Dunlap
British Fairy Tales/Prose Epic for 4th-8th grade
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Sydney Lanier, Thomas Malory
from Grosset & Dunlap
British Fairy Tales/Prose Epic for 4th-8th grade
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Sydney Lanier, Thomas Malory
from Grosset & Dunlap
British Fairy Tales/Prose Epic for 4th-8th grade
$7.65 (1 in stock)
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Sydney Lanier, Thomas Malory
from Grosset & Dunlap
British Fairy Tales/Prose Epic for 4th-8th grade
Le Morte d'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Malory
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: LIT2-MED)
Le Morte d'Arthur
Signet Classics
by Sir Thomas Mallory
from Signet Classics
for 9th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: LIT2-MED)
$6.76
Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (abridged)
by Sir Thomas Mallory
from Weathervane Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)