Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

By: Barron, W. R. J.;Barron, W.

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'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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Title: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author Name: Barron, W. R. J.;Barron, W.

Categories: .Literature - Classics,

Edition: 2

Publisher: E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., Penguin Classics: 1959

ISBN Number: 0140440925

ISBN Number 13: 9780140440928

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Fair

Seller ID: NS14601

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