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.
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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.
Above - the book jacket to King Arthur's Death - due to publish in February 2021
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