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
Availability: In Stock

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One of the greatest works of the Middle Ages, in a marvelous new verse translation

Composed in the fourteenth century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is as beloved as it is venerable, combining 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 he is entitled to return the strike. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge 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. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English masterpiece of magic, chivalry, and seduction.


@GawainsWorld So listen here, some green man came to the hall and wants someone to cut his head off. Some sort of dare? Could be fun, right?

The deal is I cut off his head now, and he cuts off mine a year later. What a jester, doesn’t he know he’ll be dead?

This goblin fellow is totally dead.

All seemed fine until Ichabod Crane here fell to the floor, stood up, and picked up his head. His head, in his hands. In HIS HANDS!

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Author Bio

Bernard O'Donoghue is a fellow in English at Wadham College and a noted Irish poet.

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