By Peter Ackroyd
Acclaimed biographer Peter Ackroyd vibrantly resurrects the mythical epic of Camelot during this sleek model.
The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the courtroom of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the realm of delusion. even though many models exist of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the around desk, Le Morte d'Arthur through Sir Thomas Malory endures because the such a lot relocating and richly creative. during this abridged retelling the inimitable Peter Ackroyd transforms Malory's fifteenth-century paintings right into a dramatic smooth tale, vividly bringing to existence a global of braveness and chivalry, magic, and majesty. The golden age of Camelot, the perilous look for the Holy Grail, the affection of Guinevere and Lancelot, and the treachery of Arthur's son Mordred are all rendered into modern prose with Ackroyd's attribute appeal and panache. simply as he did along with his clean new edition of Chaucer's The Canterbury stories, Ackroyd now brings one of many cornerstones of English literature to a complete new audience.
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