King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table by Andrew Lang


Paperback. Condition: Good. 1967. Schocken Books. Illustrated.

Illustrated by H. J. Ford

Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (1485) is a collection of tales about the legendary English King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. A collection of stories, there is no over-arching narrative structure.

The stories begin with the tale of the English King Uther, who has fallen in love with Igrayne, the beautiful wife of one of his vassals. Uther asks his adviser, the wizard Merlin, to assist him in seducing Igrayne. Merlin casts a powerful spell and Uther appears to Igrayne as her husband, and they have sex. Igrayne becomes pregnant and gives birth to a boy, Arthur. Merlin takes Arthur away, hiding him among the household of another of Uther's vassals, Sir Ector.