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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most famous romances in medieval English literature. It tells of the adventures of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. A mysterious  'Green Knight' pays an unexpected visit to Arthur’s court, offering to allow anyone to strike him with an axe if, after exactly one year, the challenger will take a return blow. Gawain accepts, and beheads the knight in one blow, only to then see him stand up, pick up his head, and remind Gawain to meet him at the appointed time. The story of Gawain's struggle to meet the appointment, and his adventures along the way, demonstrate the spirit of chivalry and loyalty that played a central part in English culture in this period.

     

    Shelfmark: Cotton Nero A. X

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