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Gawayne and the Green Knight

Charlton Miner Lewis

1. 01 – Canto I – The Green Knight
2. 02 – Canto II – Elfinhart
3. 03 – Canto III – Gawayne
4. 04 – Canto IV – Conclusion

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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.