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The Death of King Arthur

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 1972 by Penguin Classics
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Okay, so here's the thing:

1) This review here may contain what you may consider spoilers. But since I think most people have known how the popular legends of King Arthur end anyway, I don't consider what I write as really spoilery.

2) This was written centuries ago. So even if you have the (modern?) conviction that knights are brutal, fierce creatures, no need to ask why the knights portrayed using the high-medieval approach swoon half-to-death because their beloved ones passed away, or why men k
'I shall quite certainly fight him,' said the king, 'even if I have to die as a result, because I should be a coward if I did not defend my land against a traitor.'

This book should of been called "The story of Lancelot, oh and King Arthur is there as well" because even when the book says it is moving on to tell a story about King Arthur or Sir Gawaine or Mordred it is always about Lancelot.

This book was originally in French and is from the thirteenth-century so I was extremely excited to read s
Ed Smiley
This looks like the same cover, but the page count does not match, mine is a little-bitty-teeny-weenie miniature Penguin, albeit without a penchant for swimming through ice cold water or eating fish.

This is the tail-end of the Arthur legends, and like all ends, there is a sense of loss, which is enhanced by Mallory's archaic, elegiacal, and pensive prose.

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Gwenhwyfar McIntyre
A lot of people complain that this book goes on about Lancelot too much and isn't at all that interesting, I however found it to be very interesting and a different look on the legend. I enjoyed having Lancelot's character thought out a bit more than he usually is and having more of a focus on the knights rather than just on Arthur.
Ashleigh Marks
A decent enough book but the focus on Lancelot got quite annoying.
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