P. J. C. Field is Professor Emeritus of English, University of Wales, Bangor, and President of the International Arthurian Society.
P. J. C. Field, the world's preeminent Malory specialist, has
wisely chosen to offer here Malory's seventh and eighth tales,
recounting the decline and end of Camelot. The authoritative text
is accompanied by indispensable notes and preceded by a remarkably
thorough and learned--but never obscure--Introduction sufficient to
prepare students and other readers to profit fully from the texts.
This book is ideal for those coming to Malory for the first time
and a distinct pleasure for those who already know him well.
--Norris J. Lacy, E. E. Sparks Professor of French and Medieval
Studies, Penn State University
P. J. C. Field has revised his long-out-of-print edition of the seventh and eighth tales of Morte Darthur , which are arguably the best and most influential parts of Malory's book. This edition offers students an excellent, affordable introduction to Malory's tragedy and to Arthurian romance in general and is the ideal text for the instructor who does not have time in class to teach the earlier parts of the book as well. The substantial seventy-seven-page Introduction presents essential and accurate information about the development of the Arthurian legend and the social, intellectual, and historical context in which Malory's book was written as well as discussions of Malory's French and English sources, the content and style of Morte Darthur , and the life of the author. The edition includes a detailed commentary, considerably expanded from the earlier version; glosses at the bottom of the page; and a glossary of words not immediately recognizable to those unaccustomed to reading Middle English. This text is an excellent work of scholarship by the leading authority on Sir Thomas Malory and will be welcome to those who teach general courses in medieval literature, in Middle English, and in comparative Arthurian romance. --Edward Donald Kennedy, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Superb introduction, ample breadth and depth, excellent tone and level of engagement. Glosses are clear and useful. Students will read this. --Sarah Dangelantonio, Professor of English, Franklin Pierce University
"An extended introduction treats the Arthurian legend and Malory' sources, as well as the cultural contexts of the book, including the probable events of Malory' own life. The commentary is expanded from the first edition to offer detailed explanatory notes. Unfamiliar terms are glossed at the bottom of the page and a full glossary included. The scholarship is, as would be expected from Malory' great modern editor and biographer, comprehensive and impeccable." -- Medium Aevum