Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


Translator: Bernard O’Donoghue
Introduction by: Bernard O’Donoghue

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Paperback
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$11.00
 
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140424539
  • 128 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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.


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Anonymous, Translator: Bernard O’Donoghue, Introduction by: Bernard O’Donoghue

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