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Gawayne and the Green Knight

Gawayne and the Green Knight by Charlton Miner Lewis
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Published in 1903, Gawayne and the Green Knight is a modern-language retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a 14th-century verse romance following a young knight of the Round Table. During Christmas celebrations, a mysterious, entirely green knight presents a challenge to King Arthur’s court: that any may strike the stranger a single blow with his green axe, provided he assent to receiving the same a year later. Gawayne accepts the challenge, and its unexpected outcome leads to a great test of his courage and knighthood. A significant addition to this version is the Lady Elfinhart, whose back-story and romance with Gawayne are tightly interwoven with the plot.

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GAWAYNE AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

A Fairy Tale

BY

CHARLTON MINER LEWIS

NEW HAVEN

YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

MDCCCCXVI

COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY CHARLTON MINER LEWIS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published October, 1903

To G.R.L.

CONTENTS

PREFACE 1 CANTO I THE GREEN KNIGHT 5 CANTO II ELFINHART 35 CANTO III GAWAYNE 61 CANTO IV CONCLUSION 93

PREFACE

PREFACE

Arms and the man I sing, not as of old The Mantuan bard his mighty verse unrolled, But in such humbler strains as may beseem Light changes rung on a fantastic theme. My tale is ancient, but the sense is new, Replete with monstrous fictions, yet half true; And, if you'll follow till the story's done, I promise much instruction, and some fun.

CANTO I

THE GREEN KNIGHT

CANTO I

THE GREEN KNIGHT

King Arthur and his court were blithe and gay In high towered Camelot, on Christmas day, For all the Table Round were back again, At peace with God and with their fellow men. Their shields hung idly on the pictured wall; Their blood stained banners decked the festal hall Light footsteps, rustling on the rush strewn floors, And laughter, rippling down long corridors, Attested minds at ease and hearts at play, Rude Mars unharnessed for love's holiday... Continue reading book >>


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