Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales


Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales

ISBN: 9781879288591


This volume is the first affordable, modern collection of all eleven of the known Middle English Gawain tales, and aims to make these texts accessible to a wider, contemporary audience. These poems—The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Sir Gawain and the Carle of Carlisle, The Avowyng of Arthur, The Awyntrs off Arthur, The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain, The Greene Knight, The Turke and Sir Gawain, The Marriage of Sir Gawain, The Carle of Carlisle, The Jeaste of Sir Gawain, and King Arthur and King Cornwall—are united by their common concern with the theme of chivalry. Sir Gawain was by far the most popular of Arthur’s knights in medieval England, and the verses collected here offer a window not only into English views on Gawain but also attitudes towards the knightly ideal and chivalry. Incorporating glosses and introductions for each text as well as an extensive glossary, this edition is excellent for students of Middle English romance.


Bibliography of Editions and Works Cited
The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle
Sir Gawain and the Carle of Carlisle
The Avowyng of Arthur
The Awntyrs off Arthur
The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain
The Greene Knight
The Turke and Sir Gawain
The Marriage of Sir Gawain
The Carle of Carlisle
The Jeaste of Sir Gawain
King Arthur and King Cornwall


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Thomas Hahn’s teaching centers on the sponsorship, production, and interpretation of texts and images from the earlier Middle Ages through the early modern period. Recent papers, publications, and seminars have concentrated on those scattered or huddled at the edges of emerging European identities, including women, Indians, Jews, heretics, Robin Hood and other outlaws, virtuous pagans, popular chivalric heroes, and other monstrous types.

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