Thomas Malory

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Sir Thomas Malory, the author or compiler of the Morte Darthur, was born most probably about the year 1430. From his own words he is known to have been a knight, and his description of himself as "a servant of Jesu both day and night" has led to the inference that he was also a priest. On the authority of Leland the antiquary he is believed to have been a Welshman. the name appears in a variety of forms, including those of Maillorie and Maleore. In the preface to the first edition of the Morte Darthur Caxton speaks of the work as printed by himself "after a copy unto me delivered, which copy Sir Thomas Malory did take out of certain books of French, and reduced it into English." Malory himself tells us that he finished the book in the ninth year of Edward IV (ca. 1470)


text from the 9th edition (1880s) of an unnnameable encyclopedia