Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  -     By: Bernard O'Donoghue
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Penguin Classics / 2007 / Paperback

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Composed in the fourteenth century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight combines the hallmarks of medieval romance-pageantry, chivalry, and courtly love-with the charm of fairy tales and heroic sagas.

When a mysterious green knight rides on horseback into King Arthur's court, interrupting a New Year's feast, he issues a challenge: if any of King Arthur's men can behead him and he survives, then a year later the green knight is entitled to return the strike. When Arthur's knights show they are too cowardly to accept the challenge, Sir Gawain takes the test and decapitates the green knight, only to see him pick up his severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out to fulfill their pact. It is now Gawain's task to repair and define the fame that Arthur's court is legendary for. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English masterpiece of magic, chivalry, and seduction.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0140424539
ISBN-13: 9780140424539
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Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems: a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.

Author Bio

We know the "Gawain Poet" was a contemporary of Geofrey Chaucer's. He appears to have been the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Cleanness; "he" may also have composed Saint Erkenwald. Bernard O'Donoghue is a Fellow in English at Wadham College and a noted Irish poet

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