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"Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur

and his Noble Knights of the Round Table" (1910-11)

 

Illustrated by William Russell Flint

 

 

The text for "Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table" (1910-11) was drawn from the epic

15th Century tale compiled by Sir Thomas Malory - an edition that was published and introduced by William Caxton in 1485.

 

Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" was compiled from folk tales, with the addition of some original material related to Sir Gareth. It is regarded

as the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature.

 

For the version carrying Russell Flint's illustrations, Caxton's Introduction was also included - with modernised spelling - and it continues to

provide interesting reading.

 

Russell Flint's illustrative interpretation of Malory's work is masterful and depicts seminal moments and characters within the Arthurian tale,

including: Uther Pendragon; Morgan le Fay; Merlin; Merlin; King Arthur; Guenever; Sir Launcelot; the Lady of the Lake; Sir Uwain; Sir Pelleas;

Sir Gareth (Beaumains); Tristram; La Beale Isoud; King Meliodas; Tramtrist; Segwarides; King Mark; Sir Bors; Sir Percivale; and Galahad.

 

The review published in "The International Studio" (Vol. 46; 1912) following the publication of the final volume of the series pays fitting tribute

to the work of William Russell Flint and his illustrations thus:

 

The earlier volumes having already been noticed in these pages, it remains for us, now that

the fourth and concluding volume has made its appearance, to offer our congratulations to

those concerned in the production of this splendid edition of a "noble and joyous" book - to

the publishers, who may justly point to it as a triumph of typographical art, and to the artist,

who has added immensely to his reputation by the singularly effective and apposite

drawings executed by him to illustrate this old romance.

 

As published across the 4 volumes, William Russell Flint's suite of illustrations for "Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble

Knights of the Round Table" included 48 colour images presented as tipped-in plates.

 

 

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Cover for one volume of ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11), illustrated by William Russell Flint

 

To the left, we show an example of the First Edition of "Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of

the Round Table" carrying the illustrations of William Russell Flint. Published through 1910 and 1911 across four volumes -

and in exceedingly small numbers - this series is considered to be among his book illustration masterworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right, we show the illustrated Title Page by Russell Flint

depicting Sir Launcelot, King Arthur and Guenever.

Title Page for ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11), illustrated by William Russell Flint

         
 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing William Russell Flint's artwork for the First Edition

"Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table" (1910-11)

 

 

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For connoisseurs of Russell Flint's work, we have prepared sets of 48 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on

premium acid-free card stock) displaying colour images from his designs for "Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of

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When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical of

prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented

on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about William Russell Flint, this wonderful suite

and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our Fine Art

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the profiled illustration.

 

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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from William Russell Flint.

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The colour illustrations by William Russell Flint for the four volumes comprising the First Edition of

"Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table" (1910-11)

 

 

William Russell Flint - 'The the king was sworn upon the four Evangelists' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Morgan le Fay was put to school in a nunnery, and there she learned so much that she ws a great clerk of necromancy ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - '''Lo!'' said Merlin, ''yonder is that sword that I spoke of.'' With that they saw a damosel going upon the lake' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'The was she girt with a noble sword whereof the king had marvel ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book I

Chapter II

Then the king was sworn upon the

four Evangelists

 

 

Book I

Chapter II

Morgan le Fay was put to school in

a nunnery, and there she learned so

much that she was a great clerk of

necromancy ...

 

 

Book I

Chapter XXV

"Lo!" said Merlin, "yonder is that sword

that I spake of." With that they saw a

damosel going upon the lake

Book II

Chapter I

Then was she girt with a noble sword

whereof the king had marvel ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'The dolorous stroke ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'When she saw he would not abide, she prayed unto God to send him as much need of help as she had, and that he might feel it or he died ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'So by her subtle working she made Merlin to go under that stone ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)

William Russell Flint - 'And as she lifted up the sword to smite, Sir Uwaine leapt unto his mother, and caught her by the hand' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)

 

Book II

Chapter XV

The dolorous stroke ...

Book III

Chapter XII

When she saw he would not abide, she

prayed unto God to send him as much

need of help as she had, and that he

might feel it or he died ...

 

 

Book IV

Chapter I

So by her subtle working she made

Merlin to go under that stone ...

Book IV

Chapter XIII

And as she lifted up the sword to smite,

Sir Uwaine leapt unto his mother, and

caught her by the hand

 

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William Russell Flint - 'And the damosel of the lake rejoiced Sir Pelleas' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Then the Queen Guenever made great sorrow for the departing of her land and other ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Therefore thee behoveth now to choose one of us four' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And anon he rased off his helm, and smote his neck in sunder ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book IV

Chapter XXIII

And the damosel of the lake rejoiced

Sir Pelleas

 

Book V

Chapter III

Then the Queen Guenever made great

sorrow for the departing of her lord

and other ...

 

 

Book VI

Chapter III

Therefore thee behoveth now to choose

one of us four

 

Book VI

Chapter IX

And anon he rased off his helm, and

smote his neck in sunder ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'There he blew three deadly motes, and there came two damosels and armed him lightly' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'How Sir Gareth, otherwise called Beaumains, came to the presence of his lady, and how they took acquaintance, and of their love ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'As she was at the fire to take her execution, young Tristram kneeled before King Meliodas, and besought him to give him a boon ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And there Tramtrist learned her to harp, and she began to have a great fantasy unto him ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book VII

Chapter VIII

There he blew three deadly motes, and

there came two damosels and armed

him lightly

 

 

Book VII

Chapter XXI

How Sir Gareth, otherwise called Beaumains,

came to the presence of his lady, and how

they took acquaintance, and of their love ...

Book VIII

Chapter II

As she was at the fire to take her execution,

young Tristram kneeled before King Meliodas,

and besought him to give him a boon ...

Book VIII

Chapter IX

And there Tramtrist learned her to harp, and

she began to have a great fantasy unto him ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'Thus it happed the love betwixt Sir Tristram and La Beale Isoud, the which love never departed the days of their life ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And so all the people that were there present gave judgment that La Beale Isoud was the fairer lady and the better made ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'There she was met, and bound feet and hand to a tree' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'They fought for the love of one lady, and ever she lay on the walls and beheld them ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book VIII

Chapter XXIV

Thus it happed the love first betwixt Sir Tristram

and La Beale Isoud, the which love never departed

the days of their life ...

 

 

Book VIII

Chapter XXV

And so all the people that were there present

gave judgment that La Beale Isoud was the

fairer lady and the better made ...

 

 

Book VIII

Chapter XXIX

There she was met, and bound feet and

hand to a tree

Book VIII

Chapter XXXI

They fought for the love of one lady, and

ever she lay on the walls and beheld them ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'By a well he saw Segwarides and a damosel' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'The Lady of the Lake took up her head and hung it up by the hair of ser saddle-bow ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'This espied King Mark, how she kneeled down and said: ''Sweet Lord Jesu, have mercy upon me, for I may not live after the death of Sir Tristram de Liones.''' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - '''Madam,'' said Sir Tristram, ''this is a fair shield and mighty'' ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book VIII

Chapter XXXVIII

By a well he saw Segwarides and a damosel

 

 

Book IX

Chapter XVI

The Lady of the Lake took up her head and

hung it up by the hair of her saddle-bow ...

 

 

Book IX

Chapter XX

This espied King Mark, how she kneeled

down and said: "Sweet Lord Jesu, have

mercy upon me, for I may not live after

the death of Sir Tristram de Liones."

 

 

Book IX

Chapter XLI

"Madam," said Sir Tristram, "this is a fair

shield and a mighty" ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'All the ladies said at one voice: ''Welcome, Sir Tristram!'' ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Then the damosel went unto La Beale Isoud, and bare her letters from the king and from Sir Launcelot, whereof she was in passing great joy ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Then she unwimpled her visage. And when he saw her he said: ''Here have I found my love and my lady.''' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'They went into their country of Benoye, and lived there in great joy ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book X

Chapter VI

All the ladies said at one voice:

"Welcome, Sir Tristram!" ...

 

 

Book X

Chapter XXVI

Then the damosel went unto La Beale Isoud,

and bare her letters from the king and from

Sir Launcelot, whereof she was in passing

great joy ...

 

 

Book X

Chapter XXXIX

Then she unwimpled her visage. And when

he saw her he said: "Here have I found my

love and my lady."

 

 

Book IX

Chapter XXXIX

They went into their country of Benoye, and

lived there in great joy ...

 

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William Russell Flint - 'He gave him such a buffet upon the helm with his sword that King Arthur had no power to keep his saddle' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Then the people brought her clothes. And when she was arrayed, Sir Launcelot thought she was the fairest Lady of the world, but if it were Queen Guenever' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And a maiden bare that Sangreal, and she said openly: ''Wit you well, Sir Bors, that this child is Galahad.''' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'They could not readily see who bare that vessel, but Sir Percivale had a glimmering of the vessel and of the maiden that bare it ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book X

Chapter LXIX

He gave him such a buffet upon the helm

with his sword that King Arthur had no

power to keep his saddle

 

 

Book XI

Chapter I

Then the people brought her clothes. And

when she was arrayed, Sir Launcelot

thought she was the fairest Lady of the

world, but if it were Queen Guenever

 

 

Book XI

Chapter IV

And a maiden bare that Sangreal, and she

said openly: "Wit you well, Sir Bors, that

this child is Galahad."

Book XI

Chapter XIV

They could not readily see who bare that

vessel, but Sir Percivale had a glimmering of

the vessel and of the maiden that bare it ...

 

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William Russell Flint - '''but ye shall abide, and I shall throw such an enchantment upon him that he shall not awake within the space of an hour''; and so she did ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'Sor Launcelot beheld the young squire and saw him seemly and demure as a dove, with all the manner of good featuers, that he weened of his age never to have seen so fair a man of form ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And then they put on their helms and departed, and recommended them all wholly unto the queen; and there was weeping and great sorrow ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'And therewith on his hands and on his kneew he went so night that he touched the holy vessel' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book XII

Chapter IV

"But ye shall abide, and I shall throw such

an enchantment upon him that he shall not

awake within the space of an hour"; and

so she did ...

 

 

Book XIII

Chapter I

Sir Launcelot beheld the young squire and

saw him seemly and demure as a dove, with

all the manner of good features, that he

weened of his age never to have seen so

fair a man of form ...

 

 

Book XIII

Chapter VIII

And then they put on their helms and departed,

and recommended them all wholly unto the

queen; and there was weeping and great sorrow ...

Book XIII

Chapter XVIII

And therewith on his hands and on his knees he

went so nigh that he touched the holy vessel

 

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Book XIV

Chapter III

When the mass was done the priest took

Our Lord's body and bare it to the sick king ...

 

 

Book XIV

Chapter X

And so she went with the wind roaring and

yelling, that it seemed all the water brent

after her

 

 

Book XVI

Chapter VII

"It mishapped he loved a gentlewoman

a great deal elder than I" ...

 

 

Book XVI

Chapter XII

"Ah, Sir Bors, gentle knight have

mercy on us all."

 

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William Russell Flint - '''As soon as I wist that this adventure was ordained me I clipped off my hair, and made this girdle in the name of God'' ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - '''Sir,'' said a knight, ''what maid passeth hereby shall give this dish full of blood of her right arm.''' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - '''My knights, and my servants, and my true children, which be come out of a deadly life into spiritual life, I will now no longer hide me from you'' ...' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11) William Russell Flint - 'She was a great huntress, and daily she used to hunt, and ever she bare her bow with her' from ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table'' (1910-11)  

Book XVII

Chapter VII

"As soon as I wist that this adventure was

ordained me I clipped off my hair, and made

this girdle in the name of God" ...

 

 

Book XVIII

Chapter X

"Sir," said a knight, "what maid passeth

hereby shall give this dish full of blood

of her right arm."

 

 

Book XVII

Chapter XX

"My knights, and my servants, and my true

children, which be come out of deadly life

into spiritual life, I will now no longer hide

me from you" ...

 

 

Book XVIII

Chapter XXI

She was a great huntress, and daily she

used to hunt, and ever she bare her

bow with her

 

 

 

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Book XIX

Chapter II

So as the queen had Mayed and all her knights,

all were bedashed with herbs, mosses and flowers,

in the best manner and freshest ...

 

 

Book XX

Chapter VIII

How Sir Launcelot and his kinsmen

rescued the queen from the fire ...

 

 

Book XXI

Chapter V

And then the queen said: "Ah, dear brother,

why have ye tarried so long from me?" ...

Book XXI

Chapter XI

Then Sir Launcelot saw her visage, but he

wept not greatly, but sighed ...

 

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William Caxton's Introduction to "Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table"

 

After that I had accomplished and finished divers histories, as well of contemplation as of other historial and worldly acts of great conquerors and princes, and also certain

books of ensamples and doctrine, many noble and divers gentlemen of this realm of England came and demanded me many and oft times, wherefore that I have not do made

and imprint the noble history of the Saint Greal, and of the most renowned Christian king, first and chief of the three best Christian, and worthy, King Arthur, which ought most

to be remembered among us Englishmen to-fore all other Christian kings; for it is notoyrly known through the universal world, that there be nine worthy and the best that ever

were, that is to wit, three Paynims, three Jews, and three Christian men. As for the Paynims, there were to-fore the Incarnation of Christ, which were named, the first Hector of

Troy, of whom the history is comen both in ballad and in prose, the second Alexander the Great, and the third Julius Csar, Emperor of Rome, of whom the histories be well

known and had. And as for the three Jews, which also were to-fore the incarnation of our Lord, of whom the first was duke Joshua which brought the children of Israel into the

land of behest, the second David king of Jerusalem, and the third Judas Machabeus, of these three the Bible rehearseth all their noble histories and acts. And since the said

Incarnation have been three noble Christian men, stalled and admitted through the universal world into the number of the nine best and worthy. Of whom was first the noble

Arthur, whose noble acts I purpose to write in this present book here following. The second was Charlemain, or Charles the Great, of whom the history is had in many places,

both in French and English. And the third and last was Godfrey of Boloine, of whose acts and life I made a book unto the excellent prince and king of noble memory,

King Edward the Fourth.

 

The said noble gentlemen instantly required me to imprint the history of the said noble king and conqueror King Arthur, and of his knights, with the history of the Saint Greal,

and of the death and ending of the said Arthur; affirming that I ought rather to imprint his acts and noble feats, than of Godfrey of Boloine, or any of the other eight, considering

that he was a man born within this realm, and king and emperor of the same: and that there be in French divers and many noble volumes of his acts, and also of his knights. To

whom I answered that divers men hold opinion that there was no such Arthur, and that all such books as been made of him be feigned and fables, because that some chronicles

make of him no mention, nor remember him nothing, nor of his knights. Whereto they answered, and one in special said, that in him that should say or think that there was never

such a king called Arthur might well be aretted great folly and blindness. For he said that there were many evidences of the contrary. First ye may see his sepulchre in the

monastery of Glastonbury. And also in Policronicon, in the fifth book the sixth chapter, and in the seventh book the twenty-third chapter, where his body was buried, and after

found, and translated into the said monastery. Ye shall see also in the history of Bochas, in his book De Casu Principum, part of his noble acts, and also of his fall. Also Galfridus

in his British book recounteth his life: and in divers places of England many remembrances be yet of him, and shall remain perpetually, and also of his knights. First in the abbey

of Westminster, at St Edward's shrine, remaineth the print of his seal in red wax closed in beryl, in which is writen, "Patricius Arthurus Britannie, Gallie, Germanie, Dacie,

Imperator". Item in the castle of Dover ye may see Gawaine's skull, and Cradok's mantle: at Winchester the Round Table: in other places Launcelot's sword and many other

things. Then all these things considered, there can no man reasonably gainsay but there was a king of this land named Arthur. For in all places, Christian and heathen, he is

reputed and taken for one of the nine worthy, and the first of the three Christian men. And also, he is more spoken of beyond the sea, more books made of his noble acts, than

there be in England, as well in Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and Greekish, as in French. And yet of record remain in witness of him in Wales, in the town of Camelot, the great stones

and the marvellous works of iron lying under the ground, and royal vaults, which divers now living have seen. Wherefore it is a marvel why he is no more renowned in his own

country, save only it accordeth to the Word of God, which saith that no man is accepted for a prophet in his own country.

 

Then all these things aforesaid alleged, I could not well deny but that there was such a noble king named Arthur, and reputed one of the nine worthy, and first and chief of the

Christian men. And many noble volumes be made of him and  of his noble knights in French, which I have seen and read beyond the sea, which be not had in our maternal

tongue. But in Welsh be many and also in French, and some in English but nowhere night all. Wherefore, such as have late been drawn out briefly into English I have after the

simple conning that God hath sent to me, under the favour and correction of all noble lords and gentlemen, enprised to imprint a book of the noble histories of the said

King Arthur, and of certain of his knights, after a copy unto me delivered, which copy Sir Thomas Malorye did take out of certain book of French, and reduced it into English.

And I, according to my copy, have done set it in imprint, to the intent that noble men may see and learn the noble acts of chivalry, the gentle and virtuous deeds that some knight

used in those days, by which they came to honour, and how they that were vicious were punished and oft put to shame and rebuke; humbly beseeching all noble lords and ladies,

with all other estates of what estate or degree they been of, that shall see and read in this said book and work, that they take the good and honest acts in their remembrance,

and to follow the same. Wherein they shall find many joyous and pleasant histories, and noble and renowned acts of humanity, gentleness, and chivalry. For herein may be seen

noble chivalry, courtesy, humanity, friendliness, hardiness, love, friendship, cowardice, murder, hate, virtue, and sin. Do after the good and leave the evil, and it shall bring you to

good fame and renown. And for to pass the time this book shall be pleasant to read in, but for to give faith and belief that all is true that is contained herein ye be at your liberty:

but all is written for our doctrine, and for to beware that we fall not to vice nor sin, but to exercise and follow virtue, by which we may come and attain to good fame and renown in

this life, and after this short, and transitory life to come unto everlasting bliss in heaven; in which He grant us that reigneth in heaven, the blessed Trinity. Amen.

 

Then to proceed forth in this said book, which I direct unto all noble princes, lords and ladies, gentlemen or gentlewomen, that desire to read or hear read of the noble and joyous

history of the great conqueror and excellent king, King Arthur, sometime king of this noble realm, that called Britain; I, William Caxton, simple person, present this book following,

which I have enprised to imprint: and treateth of the noble acts, feats of arms of chivalry, prowess, hardiness, humanity, love, courtesy, and very gentleness, with many wonderful

histories and adventures. And for to understand briefly the content of this volume, I have divided it into XXI books, and every book chaptered, as hereafter shall by God's grace

follow. The First Book shall treat how Uther Pendragon gat the noble conqueror King Arthur, and containeth xxviii chapters. The Second Book treateth of Balin the noble knight,

and containeth xix chapters. The Third Book treateth of the marriage of King Arthur to Queen Guenever, with other matters and containeth xv chapters. The Fourth book, how

Merlin was assotted, and of war made to King Arthur, and containeth xxix chapters. The Fifth Book treateth of the conquest of Lucius the emperor, and containeth xii chapters.

The Sixth Book treateth of Sir Launcelot and Sir Lionel, and marvellous adventures, and containeth xvii chapters. The Seventh Book treateth of a noble knight called Sir Gareth,

and named by Sir Kay Beaumains, and containeth xxxvi chapters. The Eighth Book treateth of the birth of Sir Tristram the noble knight, and of his acts, and containeth xki chapters.

The Ninth Book treateth of a knight named by Sir Kay Le Cote Male Taille, and also of Sir Tristram, and containeth xliv chapters. The Tenth Book treateth of Sir Tristram, and other

marvellous adventures and containeth lxxxviii chapters. The Eleventh Book treateth of Sir Launcelot and Sir Galahad, and containeth xiv chapters. The Twelfth Book treateth of

Sir Launcelot and his madness, and containeth xiv chapters. The Thirteenth Book treateth how Galahad came first to kin Arthur's court, and the quest how the Sangreal was begun,

and containeth xx chapters. The Fourteenth Book treateth of the quest of the Sangreal, and containeth x chapters. the Fifteenth Book treateth of Sir Launcelot, and containeth

vi chapters. The Sixteenth Book treateth of Sir Bors and Sir Lionel his brother, and containeth xvii chapters. The Seventeenth Book treateth of the Sangreal, and containeth

xxiii chapters. The Eighteenth Book treateth of Sir Launcelot and the queen, and containeth xxv cahpters. The Ninetheenth Book treateth of Queen Guenever and Launcelot and

containeth xiii chapters. The Twentieth Book treateth of the piteous death of Arthur, and containeth xxii chapters. The Twenty-First Book treathet of his last departing, and how

Sir Launcelot came to revenge his death, and containeth xxii chapters. The sum is twenty-one books, which contain the sum of five hundred and seven chapters, as more plainly

shall follow hereafter.

 

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