Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Broadview Press, Oct 19, 2012 - Poetry - 264 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
A Note on the Text
27
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
29
From Caradoc
145
The Story of the False Guenevere and Bertelay
149
From The Knight with the Sword
163
From Edward of Norwich Second Duke of York The Master of Game
173
Glossary
183
Select Bibliography and Works Cited
249
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About the author (2012)

Paul Battles is Professor of English at Hanover College.

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