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King Arthur's Death
(the Alliterative Morte Arthure)

Translated and Illustrated by
Michael Smith

King Arthur's Death (or the Alliterative Morte Arthure), is a fourteenth century masterpiece second only to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with astonishing pace, action and flow. The book is richly illustrated with over 30 linocuts.


For an insight into the background for my translation and illustration of this magnificent poem, please see this article from

"Michel Smith has managed to produce a version that maintains the power and magic of the original, while investing it with a thoroughly modern and viscerally affecting sensibility."

(Shiny New Books - read the full review here)

Summary of Contents:

Historical Introduction

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.

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Coming Soon!
William and the Werewolf

William and the Werewolf

Also by Michael Smith is William and the Werewolf - a new translation of the fourteenth century adventure romance, William of Palerne, first translated into English for Humphrey de Bohun in the 1350s. For more information, click here

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