The swan song of medieval Arthurian literature. For centuries, this was the most accessible collection of Arthurian stories, since it was diffused through the recent introduction of printing in Europe shortly after its composition. A Reader’s Digest of the entire Arthurian tradition (its original title was The hoole booke of kyng Arthur & of his noble knyghtes of the rounde table), it is the canonical text for post-medieval adaptations in English (Excalibur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King).