SMC226H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Alliterative Morte Arthure, Thomas Malory, Uther Pendragon

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Malory"s le morte d"arthur i: worship and love. Le morte is actually 8 tales [we are reading the last 2] Probably written while in the tower of london, charged with attempted murder, rape, theft, extortion, robbery of an abbery and valdalism. Fought for the yorkist against the lancastrians, and excluded from royal pardons in 1470. July 1485, first printing, caxton printer: caxton spells it morte darthur", and also morte is feminine. 1471-83 winchester manuscript [discovered in 1934 in caxton"s print shop, slightly earlier version: what our book is based on. 13th, the vulgate cylce, or lancelot-grail cycles: a cycle of narratives in which everything arthurian is brought together: 5 texts, french prose, not poetry/romance, a major source for malory, practically a translation from french. The brut (chronicle) tradition [quintessential british tradition: alliterative morte arthure: malory includes this story, the stanzaic morte arthur: poem in english but a french arthur of chivalry and romance.

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