The Death of King Arthur

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The Death of King Arthur

The Immortal Legend / Classics Deluxe Edition

A very long time ago, I read Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The book was extremely interesting because I was really into stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable. This current book however, called The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend, which is a retelling by Peter Ackroyd, is a real jewel as the chapters are written in language that is very understandable but, with the same extraordinary scenes as the first.

The stories are about King Arthur and his Knights and are chock full of wars, sword fighting, adventures, romance and, of course, Merlin and his magic. Sir Thomas Malory was kind of a ‘disreputable’ Knight it’s told, and also told that these stories were not originally brought to the forefront by Malory but were found by him and the legends about the King and Queen and Camelot had been told before. Peter Ackroyd takes the language and retells the tales in modern English. All of the essential stories are here including: the reason Arthur became King by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone; the love affair between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot; the love of Tristram and Isolde and the search for the Holy Grail along with the power of Merlin and heads straight to the doom of Camelot and the eventual death of Arthur. Ackroyd tells these stories in a very simple and fascinating way and they are as new to the reader as they were many years ago.

This book is a real find for readers who love the legends of King Arthur and his Knights and all the people who surrounded him at Camelot. It’s an easy read but, still gives you all the pictures in your mind that tell you chivalry was not dead and Arthur was a benevolent King but, still had his trials and tribulations.


Book Blurb for The Death of King Arthur

Acclaimed biographer Peter Ackroyd vibrantly resurrects the legendary epic of Camelot in this modern adaptation

The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the court of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the world of myth. Although many versions exist of the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory endures as the most moving and richly inventive.

In this abridged retelling the inimitable Peter Ackroyd transforms Malory's fifteenth-century work into a dramatic modern story, vividly bringing to life a world of courage and chivalry, magic, and majesty. The golden age of Camelot, the perilous search for the Holy Grail, the love of Guinevere and Lancelot, and the treachery of Arthur's son Mordred are all rendered into contemporary prose with Ackroyd's characteristic charm and panache. Just as he did with his fresh new version of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, Ackroyd now brings one of the cornerstones of English literature to a whole new audience.


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 4.50