treateth how Galahad came first to King Arthur’s court, and the quest how the Sangreal was begun, and containeth twenty chapters. The fourteenth book treateth of the quest of the Sangreal, and containeth ten chapters. The fifteenth book treateth of Sir Launcelot, and containeth six chapters. The sixteenth book treateth of Sir Bors and Sir Lionel his brother, and containeth seventeen chapters. The seventeenth book treateth of the Sangreal, and containeth twenty-three chapters. The eighteenth book treateth of Sir Launcelot and the queen, and containeth twenty-five chapters. The nineteenth book treateth of Queen Guenever and Launcelot, and containeth thirteen chapters. The twentieth book treateth of the piteous death of Arthur, and containeth twenty-two chapters. The twenty-first book treateth of his last departing, and how Sir Launcelot came to revenge his death, and containeth thirteen chapters. The sum is twenty-one books, which contain the sum of five hundred and seven chapters, as more plainly shall follow hereafter.
Wynkyn de Worde (Jan van Wynkyn, d. 1534-5), first an apprentice to Caxton, assumed control of the printing business after Caxton’s death. He is believed to have taken little interest in the literary aspects of his trade, in contrast to Caxton and continental printers, who were editors and translators as well. The following passage, however, appeared in his edition of Malory in 1498, and thereafter, at book 21, chapter 12. Sir Edward Strachey discovered the interpolation while preparing his edition of Malory (see No. 28), and the text used is from that work (Globe Edition. London: Macmillan, 1868, Note A, p. 488).
Oh ye might and pompous lords, shining in the glory transitory of this unstable life, as in reigning over realms great, and mighty