First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthur, or The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur's bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry. Never before have the deaths of Arthur's loyal knights, his own final hours, and the subsequent burial been so poignantly evoked.
Echoing the lyrical passion that so distinguished Seamus Heaney's Beowulf, Simon Armitage has produced a virtuosic new translation that promises to become both the literary event of the year and the definitive edition for generations to come.
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Hardcore Arthur Fans and Medievalists Will Love It
It may be what you want, it's not for me.
I purchased this audiobook thinking that it was a retelling of Le Morte D'Arthur (The Death of Arthur) and not considering that it was an alliterative verse version of it. Some people will love that aspect of it, but I became too aware of it while I listened and had a hard time focusing on the story being told.Had I been reading it I may have done much better.
I am a fan of the tales of King Arthur, and have been for 40 years. This is an artistic, and wonderful retelling, but for the reasons I mentioned above I could not finish it. The fault is entirely mine, and I want to stress that those who appreciate this type of verse will probably LOVE it.
Possibly his translation of Gawain and the Green Knight. We shall see.
I wasn't familiar with Wallis before and I have nothing bad to say about his reading. He reads with an assurance and understanding of the verse that is great to behold.
Yes. Without doubt.
Please don't let my comments detract you from purchasing this book if you really want to. It was just a personal deficiency that kept me from enjoying it.
- DARBY KERN