Le Morte D'Arthur

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sir Thomas Malory , William Caxton
Narrator: Frederick Davidson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2012
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Malory took a body of legends from Celtic folklore that had been adapted into French literature, gave them an English perspective, and produced a work which ever since has had tremendous influence upon literature.
The story begins with King Uther Pendragon’s use of enchantment to lay with Igraine, Duchess of Cornwall. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur’s rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad’s appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail. Finally, Camelot is brought down by the conflict between King Arthur and his natural son, Mordred.

Author Details

Author Details

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Malory, Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415-18 - 14 March 14, 1471) was an English writer, the author or compiler of Le Morte d'Arthur. Since the late nineteenth century, he has generally been identified as Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire, a knight, land-owner, and Member of Parliament. Most of what is known about Malory stems from the accounts describing him in the prayers found in the Winchester Manuscript. He is described as a knyght presoner, distinguishing him from the other six individuals also bearing the name Thomas Malory in the 15th century when Le Morte d'Art

Caxton, William

WILLIAM STADIEM is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Marilyn Monroe Confidential; Dear Senator; and Mister S: My Life with Frank Sinatra. A Harvard JD-MBA, he abandoned Wall Street for Sunset Boulevard, where as the screenwriter for Franco Zeffirelli's Young Toscanini, he wrote one of the biggest flops of the 80s. As a screenwriter, a columnist for Andy Warhol's Interview, and the restaurant critic for Los Angeles, Stadiem has enjoyed a ringside seat for the decadence and outrageousness he recounts in Moneywood. He lives in Santa Monica, California.