lampallibThis #woodcutwednesday brings us King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table from Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte D’Arthur’, a reworking of traditional tales about the legendary #King and his valiant #Knights, featuring #Guinevere, #Lancelot and #Merlin. Malory wove together existing French and English stories from a wide variety of sources and also added much original material, such as the tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney, who defeats the Red #Knight in battle.
First published in 1485 by William Caxton (who mistook the name of its last section, Morte Darthur or Death of Arthur, for the name of the whole), the work is now one of the best-known works of Arthurian literature in English. Many modern retellings have used Malory’s work as their principal source. This woodcut forms the frontispiece to the sixth edition, published in 1634 as ‘The most ancient and famous history of the renowned prince Arthur King of Britaine’ [Sion K71.4/M29] #woodcut #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks #LambethPalaceLibrary #KingArthur #KnightsoftheRoundTable
- raretomeOne of my favorite reads!
- dclarkrenaissanceIs that a rogue spur on the table, or is it being thrown by a knight?
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