Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The inspiration for the major motion picture The Green Knight starring Dev Patel.

‘Be prepared to perform what you promised, Gawain;
Seek faithfully till you find me …’

A New Year’s feast at King Arthur’s court is interrupted by the appearance of a gigantic Green Knight, resplendent on horseback. He challenges any one of Arthur’s men to behead him, provided that if he survives he can return the blow a year later. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge and decapitates the knight – but the mysterious warrior cheats death and vanishes, bearing his head with him. The following winter Gawain sets out to find the Knight in the wild Northern lands and to keep his side of the bargain. One of the great masterpieces of Middle English poetry, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight magically combines elements of fairy tale and heroic sagas with the pageantry, chivalry and courtly love of medieval Romance.

Brian Stone’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction that examines the Romance genre, and the poem’s epic and pagan sources. This edition also includes essays discussing the central characters and themes, theories about authorship and Arthurian legends, and suggestions for further reading and notes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140440928
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/1959
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 94,045
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 7(2)
Introduction 9(12)
Fit I
Fit II
Fit IV
'The Common Enemy of Man' (an essay on the Green Knight)
Gawain's Eternal Jewel' (an essay on the moral nature of Gawain)
The Poem as a Play (performed at Newcastle, Christmas 1971)
The Manuscript
Theories about the Poet
The Pentangle and its Signifiance
Notes on Arthurian Matters 150(6)
Extracts from the Original Poem 156(3)
Bibliographical References in the Text 159(2)
Bibliographical Suggestions for the Student 161(2)
Notes 163

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