If is believed that the Sir Thomas Malory, who wrote or compiled the book about the Legends of King Arthur, was Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire and Winwick.

 

If so, he had been born at Newbold Revel in about 1405 and was the son of Sir John Malory of Winwick and Phillippa Chetwynd, the heir to the Newbold Revel Estate. Sir Thomas, who became a solider under the Duke of Warwick and was to be knighted before 1441, appears to have fallen foul of the law on many occasions. In 1443 he was accused of attacking and stealing of £40 from Thomas Smythe, along with an accomplice, Eustace Barnaby. Nothing came of this. That year he was also elected to Parliament as a Kinght of the Shire for Warwickshire and was elected to the Royal Commission. He was later charged with distributing the Royal Commissions monies to the improverised towns of Warwickshire.

In 1449 he was elected as the M.P. for the Duke of Buckingham's seat of Great Bedwyn and not long afterwards was accused of ambushing the Duke of Buckingham, Henry Stafford and 26 of his men. Over the next few years he was regularly accused and imprisoned in respects of crimes targetted against the property and supporters of the Duke of Buckingham. The Duke being a prominent Lancastrian in the War of the Roses and Malory was a supporter of the Duke of Buckingham's rival, the Duke of Warwick. On one of these occasions he was imprisoned in Maxstoke Castle, only to escape by swimming the moat before returning to Newbold Revel.

Having settled his estates on his son, Robert, in 1462 he entered into a conspiracy to remove King Henry VI from the throne but the plot was discovered and in June 1468 he was imprisoned once again. It was while in prison this time, that he is believed to have written or compiled 'Le Morte d'Arthur', the Legend of King Arthur. This was to be one of the first books printed by Willaim Caxton.

Sir Thomas Malory died on March 14th, 1470/71.