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No Sir Lancelot: A Good Deliverance, by Toby Clements, reviewed

Imprisoned in Newgate, Sir Thomas Malory spins wondrous tales of his ‘gentle acts of valour’ to the jailor’s son. And who cares whether they are true or not?

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

A Good Deliverance Toby Clements

Faber, pp.352, 18.99

Sir Thomas Malory is not much of a knight. He lies; he is lecherous; he is bested in tourneys; he misses battles due to a dicky stomach; he inadvertently causes the deaths of his friends. He is no Sir Lancelot. But he has his talents, chief among them being his ability to spin a yarn, and he has won much renown for his retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Round Table, later to be published as Le Morte d’Arthur.

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