Thomas Malory


Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415-1471 CE) was an English knight during the War of the Roses (1455-1487 CE) best known for his highly influential work of medieval literature, Le Morte D'Arthur regarded as the first novel in English, the first in western literature, and the most comprehensive treatment of the Arthurian Legend. Malory wrote the book while in prison for various crimes (real or imagined), completing it in 1469 CE. He was released in early 1470 CE and died the following year.

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  • c. 1415 - 1471
    Life of Sir Thomas Malory, author of Le Morte D'Arthur.
  • 1443
    Thomas Malory is married and a member of the British Parliament.
  • 1451
    Thomas Malory is imprisoned for the first time, probably for political reasons.
  • 1451 - 1470
    Thomas Malory is repeatedly imprisoned as factions in the War of the Roses continue their conflict.
  • 1468 - 1470
    Thomas Malory is imprisoned at Newgate where he writes Le Morte D'Arthur.
  • 1485
    William Caxton publishes Le Morte D'Arthur.