Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
By Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson
Format: Global Grey edition
Pages (PDF): 83
Publication Date: This translation, 1917
Available formats: PDF, epub, Kindle ebook
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This is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance and one of the best known Arthurian stories. Interpreted by some as a representation of the Green Man of folklore and by others as an allusion to Christ, it draws on Welsh, Irish, and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition. It tells the tale of how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious “Green Knight” who challenges any knight to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts and beheads him with his blow, at which the Green Knight stands up, picks up his head, and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. In his struggles to keep his bargain, Gawain demonstrates chivalry and loyalty until his honour is called into question by a test involving Lady Bertilak, the lady of the Green Knight’s castle.
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