Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Bernard O'Donoghue
Book DescriptionComposed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, "Gawain" is among the greatest Middle English poems: a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140424539
(198mm x 129mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard O'Donoghue
Seasons of Cullen Church, Hardback (July 2016)
Bernard O'Donoghue is the author of six poetry collections, including Gunpowder (1995), winner of the Whitbread/Costa prize, and Farmers Cross, which was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot and the Forward prizes in 2011. This collection poems movingly animates the characters of his childhood in County Cork.
Reading Chaucer's Poems, Hardback (August 2015)
The author is rightly regarded as the Father of English Literature. His observant wit, his narrative skill and characterization, his linguistic invention, have been a well from which the language's greatest writers have drawn: Shakespeare, Pope, Austen, Dickens among them. This book tells his story.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Paperback (November 2013)
Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Farmers Cross, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by Bernard O'Donoghue
Brings together meditations on exile and belonging, travel and home, and honours many friends and loved ones along the way. This book features the poems that frequently recall the south-west Ireland of the author's childhood.
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Author Biography - Bernard O'Donoghue
We know the "Gawain Poet" was a contemporary of Geofrey Chaucer's. He appears to have been the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Cleanness; "he" may also have composed Saint Erkenwald. Bernard O'Donoghue is a Fellow in English at Wadham College and a noted Irish poet
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