Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a masterpiece of medieval English literature and one of the finest Arthurian tales in any language. Though its ingenious plotting and verbal artistry continue to dazzle readers, it is written in a challenging regional dialect and uses many words that were already archaic when the poem was written in the late fourteenth century. This edition is designed to make the poem, in its original Middle English, accessible to students and general readers.
Following standards adopted for editing other Middle English poets, the edition lightly normalizes spellings to make words more recognizable for a modern audience. Extensive marginal glossing of difficult words, thorough on-page explanatory notes, and a comprehensive glossary offer further support for readers. The historical appendices include other examples of medieval romance from France and Britain.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Paul Battles is Professor of English at Hanover College.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction A Note on the Text
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Appendix A: From Caradoc Appendix B: The Story of the False Guenevere and Bertelay Appendix C: From The Knight with the Sword Appendix D: From Edward of Norwich, Second Duke of York, The Master of Game Glossary Select Bibliography and Works Cited
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off i would like to say that the book, though hard to understand due to the syntax, was thoroughly interesting and kept you always on edge. Just when you think all is well, a man dares someone to chop his head off, and gets just that. What amazes me the most about this book is how each heroic character moves as if he is a god venturing through the land. Everyone is brought to life in "Sir Gawain And The Green Night." I recommend this book to anyone with an interest with classic 15th century literature as it gives off the same vibe of Beowulf and Ironclad.
This relatively short medieval poem is written in lyrical verse with interesting structure that is quite readable. A take on Arthurian legend that is often light-hearted, but there is some blood. The main plot device is a beheading, after all. Not to mention Sir Gawain's temptation by the Lady of the castle in which he takes in lodging over the Christmas holiday. Juicy.
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