author of Le Morte D'Arthur, is identified by his editor Vinaver as Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, who was a knight before 1442. The Morte D'Arthur was written in prison and we know that Malory of Newbolt Revel was charged with crimes of violence, theft, and rape after 1450. The fact that much of the work was translated from a ‘French book’ has led to a proposed identification as a hostage held in France during the French wars. But the identity remains a matter of conjecture.
Subjects: History — Literature.