Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and His Noble Knights of the Round Table - Vol. 1

Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and His Noble Knights of the Round Table - Vol. 1

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Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and His Noble Knights of the Round Table - Vol. 1

Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and His Noble Knights of the Round Table - Vol. 1

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After that I had accomplished and finished divers histories, as well of contemplation as of other historial and worldly acts of great conquerors and princes, and also certain books of ensamples and doctrine, many noble and divers gentlemen of this realm of England came and demanded me many and oft times, wherefore that I have not do made and imprint the noble history of the Saint Greal, and of the most renowned Christian king, first and chief of the three best Christian, and worthy, King Arthur, which ought most to be remembered among us Englishmen to-fore all other Christian kings; for it is notoyrly known through the universal world, that there be nine worthy and the best that ever were, that is to wit, three Paynims, three Jews, and three Christian men. As for the Paynims, they were to-fore the Incarnation of Christ, which were named, the first Hector of Troy, of whom the history is comen both in ballad and in prose, the second Alexander the Great, and the third Julius Cæsar, Emperor of Rome, of whom the histories be well known and had. And as for the three Jews, which also were to-fore the incarnation of our Lord, of whom the first was duke Joshua which brought the children of Israel into the land of behest, the second David king of Jerusalem, and the third Judas Machabeus, of these three the Bible rehearseth all their noble histories and acts. And since the said Incarnation . . .

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