Table of Contents


A Note on the Text

Le Morte Darthur: Selections

  • from From the Marriage of King Uther unto King Arthur (Selection: from the opening of the book to the crowning of Arthur)
  • A Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake
  • from Sir Tristram de Lyones (Selections concerning Sir Launcelot and Elaine of Corbin)
  • from The Noble Tale of the Sankgreal (Selections: the beginning of the quest, Sir Launcelot’s adventures in the quest, and the achievement of the Sankgreal)
  • The Tale of Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere
  • The Death of Arthur

In Context

  • A. The Early History of Le Morte Darthur
    • 1. Sample Pages from the Winchester Manuscript, folios 480v–481v
    • 2. William Caxton’s Preface and Colophon to His Edition of Le Morte Darthur (1485)
      • a. Caxton’s Preface
      • b. Caxton’s Colophon
    • 3. Sample Illustration from Wynken de Worde’s 1498 edition of Le Morte Darthur
  • B. Chivalry
    • 1. from Malory’s Le Morte Darthur: The Pentecostal Oath
    • 2. from Ramon Lull, The Book of the Order of Chivalry (c. 1279–83)
    • 3. from a Contemporary Account of the Tournament between Lord Scales and the Bastard of Burgundy, 1467
  • C. Courtly Love
    • 1. from Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (c. 1180)
  • D. Source Material
    • 1. from the Alliterative Morte Arthure, lines 3875-3885 (Mordred gives a threnody for Gawain)
    • 2. from the Stanzaic Morte Arthur
      • a. lines 3168–3223 (Arthur’s dreams—of the Wheel of Fortune and of the dead Sir Gawain)
      • b. lines 3446–3523 (Bedwere [Bedivere] is reluctant to cast Excaliber in the lake; the ship of ladies carries Arthur away)
    • 3. Selections from the Vulgate Cycle (1215–30)
      • a. from the Vulgate Story of Merlin (Arthur takes the sword from the stone)
      • b. from the Prose Lancelot (Guenevere kisses Lancelot for the first time)
      • c. from the Vulgate Death of Arthur (La Mort Artu)
      • (Arthur reads the Maiden of Escalot’s letter)
      • (Lancelot and Guenevere are caught in the queen’s chamber)

Posted on October 29, 2015