978-0-14-042453-9 / 9780140424539

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


Publisher:Penguin Classics



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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 romancepageantry, chivalry, and courtly lovewith the charm of fairy tales and heroic sagas.

When a mysterious green knight rides on horseback into King Arthurs court, interrupting a New Years feast, he issues a challenge: if any of King Arthurs 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.

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