Le morte darthur originally spelled le morte darthur middle french for the death of arthur is a reworking by sir thomas malory of existing tales about the legendary king arthur guinevere lancelot merlin and the knights of the round tablemalory interpreted existing french and english stories about these figures and added original material eg the gareth story. Sir thomas malory le morte darthur sir thomas malory is the author of le morte darthur said to have been completed in 1469 or 1470 then revised and printed by william caxton in 1485malorys most commonly accepted historical identity as a warwickshire knight is based on the research and advocacy of george lyman kittredge 1860 1941 an american scholar and noted authority on the . Malorys book was re titled le morte darthur by william caxton who produced the first printed edition in 1485 caxtons was the only known version of malorys text until the discovery of this manuscript in 1934 when henry vi briefly regained the throne in october 1470 all lancastrian political prisoners in londons jails were freed
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