Perhaps, for the 15th century reader, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table were the equivalent of our modern day Justice League or Avengers. This audiobook gets to the heart of the narrative, telling the exciting legends of the supernatural, magic, dragons, beasts, battles, and chivalry contained in Sir Thomas Malory's epic in a contemporary and unaffected style. First published by William Caxton in 1485, this version is a faithfully unabridged narration of the complete Malory text (excluding the introduction). It includes the chapter numbers and descriptions used in the original manuscript.
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By URU Massage on 23-01-18
Marathon of smiting!
totally classic piece of literature, truly accomplished narrator, although you can't tell if he knows how to pronounce French or not half the time. as good as this story is, if I have to hear the phrase, 'and he smote on the left hand and on the right' again, I'm very likely to throw my phone into the wall!
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By John on 22-09-16
Not for the faint of heart, but worth the journey!
What made the experience of listening to Le Morte D'Arthur the most enjoyable?
It's an English literature, history and foreign language lesson all rolled into one!
What other book might you compare Le Morte D'Arthur to and why?
It's a combination of all medieval stories, and the holy bible.
Which character – as performed by Chris MacDonnell – was your favorite?
Well it has to be Lancelot and Palamedes for me. The most noble nights, with definite kinks in their armor.Chris did a fantastic job with the Olde English, and the sheer multitude of characters! I can only imagine the chops he earned on this one! It was tough going at first, but Chris's steady, easy tone certainly helped me acclimate and learn. I feel like I learned a whole new language!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The insight into the struggles for many knights to maintain the code of knighthood added a sense of realism, and made the story more approachable. Was Gallahad a reference to Jesus? Very interesting parallels for sure. I liked how the ending ties into the story of the Knights Templar.
Any additional comments?
Quite taken by the number of archaetypes introduced in this work that resonate throughout literary history. This book seems but just once removed from the Holy Bible itself.
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