Beginning with a consideration of Malory's ingenious chronology, this study shows that Malory achieved thematic and structural unity by selecting from the great mass of Arthurian legend three narrative strands-the intrigues of Lancelot and Guinevere, the Grail quest, and the feud between the houses of Lot and Pellinore-using these to illustrate a single theme-the rise, flowering, and downfall of an ideal civilization. This selection and use of diverse materials, Charles Moorman asserts, indicates clearly that Malory set to work with a preconceived plan and that he did achieve his purpose, to write the "haole book of Kyng Arthur."
The Book of Kyng Arthur
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