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    DescriptionThis is an immortal story of chivalry, treachery and death told anew for our times. The legend of King Arthur has retained its appeal and popularity through the ages: Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guenevere, the quest for the Holy Grail. Now retold by Peter Ackroyd with his signature clarity, charm and relish for a good story, the result is not only one of the most readable accounts of the knights of the Round Table but also one of the most moving.


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    Title
    The Death of King Arthur
    Subtitle
    The Immortal Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Ackroyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 248 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140455656
    ISBN 10: 0140455655
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FQ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11400
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FN
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    02 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sir Thomas Malory was a knight and estate owner in the mid 15th century, who spent many years in prison for political crimes as well as robbery. He wrote Le Morte d'Arthur, the first great English prose epic, while imprisoned in Newgate. Malory is believed to have died in 1471. Peter Ackroyd is a well known writer and historian. He has been the literary editor of The Spectator and chief book reviewer for the The Times, as well as writing several highly acclaimed books including a biography of Dickens and London: The Biography. He resides in London and his most recent highly acclaimed work is Thames: Sacred River.
    Review quote
    I thought Peter Ackroyd's Morte d'Arthur was masterful. The quality I admired most was the absolute clarity of the storytelling. This story - or set of stories - has to move with both swiftness and dignity, and yoking those two qualities together is not an easy task; but Ackroyd does it with ease. I think he can probably do anything. I admire this version enormously Philip Pullman Peter Ackroyd's lightly trimmed and streamlined Le Morte d'Arthur makes it eminently readable Sunday Times ...the majesty of Malory's book survives too, not least in the final chapters telling of the internal conflicts that destroy the Round Table, the passion of Lancelot and Guinevere, and the destiny that Arthur has had coming to him for a long time: death in battle. This, as retold by Peter Ackroyd, remains a bizarre but thrilling piece of writing. -- Michael Caines Wall Street Journal 'In this ingenious decanting of an old wine into a new bottle, [Peter Ackroyd] he has taken a glorious part of our cultural heritage and made it more accessible to the readers of the 21st century. ' -- David Robson Sunday Telegraph