King Arthur's Death (the Alliterative Morte Arthure
Following the success of my translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I have been commissioned by Unbound, the publishers, to translate King Arthur's Death (or the Alliterative Morte Arthure, as it is also known).
King Arthur - Battle and Betrayal!
King Arthur's Death tells the story of the arrival at Camelot of Roman senators demanding that Arthur pays homage to the Emperor. Arthur refuses, leaving his kingdom in the hands of Mordred while he travels to assert his rights.
When he learns that Mordred has betrayed him and seized the kingdom and Guinevere for himself, Arthur must return to Britain to take back his kingdom for himself.
Round Table Action and Pace!
The original poem, a masterpiece second only to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, has astonishing pace, action and flow. In its descriptions of mediaeval warfare and its sweeping scope, it is a milestone in mediaeval alliterative poetry.
The folly of mediaeval warfare!
But it's also a highly reflective work, dealing with self-doubt, religious conviction, the folly of chivalry and also possesses a darkly ironic twist in its description of the realities of warfare.
As well as my translation, I have illustrated the book throughout with 30 linocut images and illustrations; this time inspired by the German artist Kathe Kollwitz.
Pre-order a deluxe edition!
Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher which brings new works to the market. They reward those who pledge funding before publication with a very special edition of the book. which is completely different to that sold into the bookshops and will feature:
Your name in the back as a supporter
Unique book jacket with spot-varnish covers
Higher quality paper than bookshop edition
Ribbons at top and bottom of spine
The Collector's Edition of King Arthur's Death will also feature an embossed image on the boards underneath the jacket!
Summary of Contents:
A Summary of the Poem
A Note on the Translation
The translation of the Alliterative Morte Arthure
Some Further Reading
About the publisher
Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher, with authors including the BBC presenter Jonathan Meades, the film director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon) and the Sunday Times best-selling author, Tom Cox, amongst many others.
One of the 32 linocut prints produced by Michael Smith to illustrate his new translation of the fourteenth century alliterative masterpiece, King Arthur's Death
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -(above, also by Michael Smith); King Arthur's Death will be similarly bound and produced. Pledge for your copy here