The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is an abridged narrative from Malory’s classic text, Morte D’Arthur, edited by Alfred W. Pollard. Le Morte d’Arthur is a compilation by Sir Thomas Malory of traditional tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. First published in 1485, The Romance of King Arthur is now one of the best-known works of Arthurian literature; and is here masterfully re-told by Alfred Pollard (1859 – 1944). In his own words, he ‘tried to clear away some of the underwoods that the great trees may be better seen, and though I know that I have cleared away some small timber that is fine stuff in itself, if the great trees stand out the better, the experiment may be forgiven.’
This edition of The Romance of King Arthur contains a series of dazzling colour and black-and-white illustrations – by a master of the craft; Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration (which encompassed the years from 1850 until the start of the First World War), Rackham’s artistry is quite simply, unparalleled. Throughout his career, he developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance. Presented alongside the text, his illustrations further refine and elucidate the wonderful ballads of times gone by.