Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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... show more
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! From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
Publish date: April 24th 2007
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 94
Edition language: English
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, Historical Fiction
I don't know why, but I was very surprised about how good this turned out to be. The story is a poem set in the Arthurian world and written by an anonymous author in the 14th century. The story is very tight and well developed. The poetry is alliterative, which I thought might have sounded like a...
This was one of our books for Brit Lit and I'm so glad I was introduced to it. Sir Gawain is an interesting character that really adds to the King Arthur universe. It was originally written in Middle English so modern readers are reading it in translation but this is a particularly good one. It's...
This was great! This my first time reading a novel-sized poem, and i just soaked it up! Truthfully, I don't hVe much to say: this was really fun and interesting to read, I really want to read more things like it, it felt awesome reading a medieval story that as WRITTEN in medieval times, I read the ...
Read this for uni and remember loving it.
I have the Tolkien translation. Would like to give this one a spin sometime.