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BOOK REVIEW

‘King Arthur’ retelling both modern and faithful

By Glenn C. Altschuler
December 14, 2011
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With “The Death of King Arthur,’’ Peter Ackroyd provides a 21st century adaptation of Malory’s stories about a monarch who may never have existed, Excalibur (his sword), and the court of Camelot; the magic of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay; Tristram and Isolde; Sir Galahad’s search for the Holy Grail; the unrequited love of Lancelot and Guinevere; and the mendacious Mordred, Arthur’s son.

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THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR:

The Immortal Legend

By Thomas Malory

A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd

Viking, 316 pp., $26.95