Le Morte d'Arthur - Sir Thomas Malory

Most of what we today consider the stories of King Arthur and his knights of the round table are traceable to Malory's tales, despite that (or perhaps because) he mixed and modified many of the tales that he knew in order to display what he felt a Christian, British king should be like. Malory takes us from Arthur's origins to his death, along the way providing adventures and lessons for reader and characters alike. The tales may disappoint some being that they provide the impetus for wonder, rather than a fully painted portrayal of individuals.