The Prisoner, laymen, writer, criminal, knight. These are all words that describe Sir Thomas Malory. He was an admirable highwayman-knight who commanded the respect of all in his area. However, he committed several crimes so he went to jail. People started to see him as a criminal rather than a hero. He wrote his one and only work called “Le Morte d’Arthur” during his time in prison. People weren’t interested in his work at first. However, when William Caxton published Thomas Malory’s writing by naming “Le Morte d’Arthur” after Thomas Malory’s death, people started to see Thomas Malory in different sight. Le Morte d’Arthur had so many details about Arthurian legends that it became the introduction of Arthurian legend by English-speaking readers. Therefore, Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur” lightened British literature of prose and infused life into the 15th century when British literature was slumping.
Sir Thomas Malory served as an English soldier during his adolescence. He was born around 1410 in Warwickshire, England. He grew up in a middle-class family and his parents had many lands and estates. Thomas Malory succeeded to his father’s estates in 1434 when he became a young adult. As a young man, he served as a professional soldier under Earl of Warwick in 1436. He also took part on the side of the English during the Hundred Year War. The…show more content… This book became “Le Morte d’Arthur” by William Caxton in 1485. He didn’t write his name in the book but refers to himself in the story as a “knight-prisoner”. Details in his book show that he was the prisoner at the time of his writing. For example, at the last section of the book, he asks his readers to pray for his deliverance of his life and his soul to God after his death. This sentence shows that he has no one to lean on except God. Sir Thomas Malory finished his book in