King Arthur's Death

By Michael Smith

An epic poem of the fall of kings, vibrantly translated and stunningly illustrated with linocut prints by the author of Unbound’s Sir Gawain

Friday, 29 March 2019

A short video bringing alive the 14th Century King Arthur poet

In this brief update, I wanted to share with you a short video I have made giving some context to my forthcoming translation of the Alliterative Morte Arthure (King Arthur's Death). In this small section, I am reading some of the opening lines of the original manuscript; the sub-titles below each page give a flavour of the translation. I hope this conveys some of the flavour of what you can expect when the book is fully funded.

King Arthur's Death is a masterpiece of the fourteenth century allitrative revival. This whole project is a mammoth undertaking: translating 4300+ lines of a mediaeval Yorkshire/Lincolnshire poem of c.1400 is no easy task but I hope you will find my efforts worthwhile when the book is funded and published. As I write, the book has reached 82% of its target so we are getting closer by the day.

Accompanying the book, as with my translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, will be a series of lincocut prints which again I hope capture the spirit and message of this magnificent epic work. The video touches on some of the illustrative techniques I have incorporated into the work. I will also be including historical and political insight into the writing of the poem, as well as detailed notes and a glossary.

This book has been a labour of love. I could not have made all this progress without your continued support. Please do feel free to pass on this message to others you think would like to support the book; we are so close now to the next phase in its journey!

Kind regards


Michael Smith

Author, Translator, Printmaker

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