Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Dover Books on Literature Drama)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Dover Books on Literature Drama This prose rendering of a poem from the late fourteenth century (or earlier) recounts an adventure undertaken by King Arthur's famous nephew, Sir Gawain. Brave and chivalrous, faithful to his word and ever-mindful of his honor, as well as others', Gawain represents the model of knightly grace. When a gigantic stranger clad in green armor bursts ... more »in on the Round Table assembly to issue a challenge, the gallant Gawain volunteers to do battle for his king. This parable blends paganistic elements and Christian ethics to celebrate the virtue of forgiveness, and it is frequently assigned to classes in literature and history because of its short length and its excellent representation of chivalric tradition. Unabridged republication of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Middle-English Arthurian Romance Retold in Modern Prose, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1909.« less
My husband recommended that I read this small 50 page book. The tale is 'retold in modern prose' by Jessie L. Weston.
A great green stranger appears in the court of King Arthur during the New Year's feast. He puts a challenge out that anyone can cut his head off as long as in a year he gets to give the same back. Sir Gawain volunteers.
Follow the story to find out what happens. It will only take you a little time to read this tale from the 14th century and you can say you've read one of the great Arthurian legends.