"This is an excellent book"

Neil Philip


A signed and dedicated copy of King Arthur's Death (The Alliterative Morte Arthure), published in February 2021. 


FREE P&P to UK customers.


About the book...


The Alliterative Morte Arthure is one of the finest examples of mediaeval romance to emerge from the Alliterative Revival of the fourteenth century. Telling the story of how Arthur is challenged for his lands by the Emperor of Rome, it reveals in startling detail how kings (and leaders) who become so obsessed with their own arrogance and zeal end up losing everything in their vain quest for glory.


Transcribed in c.1440 by Robert Thornton from a lost original, the Alliterative Morte Arthure (Lincoln Thornton MS 92) is a work of great vibrancy and passion whose origins seem to reflect the dark days of monarchical chaos under Richard II and Henry IV. At times dark, at times exhibiting a wry sense of humour, King Arthur's Death - in its subject matter and warning - is as much a book for today as it was for its time.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, containing detailed recreations of illuminated lettering taken from the "Macclesfield Alphabet" and the author’s own linocut prints, each meticulously researched for contemporary accuracy. 


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Hard cover: ISBN: 978-1-78352-908-7


William and the Werewolf (William of Palerne)

Michael Smith is currently working on an illustrated translation of William and the Werewolf, one of the earliest examples of the Alliterative Revival of the fourteenth century. If you woudl like to support this book (and have your name in the back as a patron), click here

King Arthur's Death - signed and dedicated copy

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