Sir Gawain And The Green Knight. Unknown, Simon Armitage, Diana Sudyka, Illustrator.
Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

London: Folio Society, 2008. First Thus. Hardcover. A Fine copy of the First Folio Society Edition thus, with illustrations by Diana Sudyka and translated by Simon Armitage, in a Near Fine slipcase -- no dust jacket, as issued. Per Wikipedia: "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance. It is one of the best known Arthurian stories, with its plot combining two types of folklore motifs, the beheading game and the exchange of winnings. Written in stanzas of alliterative verse, each of which ends in a rhyming bob and wheel, it draws on Welsh, Irish, and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition. It is an important example of a chivalric romance, which typically involves a hero who goes on a quest which tests his prowess, and it remains popular to this day in modern English renderings from J. R. R. Tolkien, Simon Armitage, and others, as well as through film and stage adaptations. It describes 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." A Fine copy of this noted translation. Fine. Item #803

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