Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
strong characterisation and dialogues lend a modern tone and relevance
| 10 Feb 2007
The story itself, following a challenge by the titular Green Knight to the famous Round Table, is partially an exposition of the medieval heroic code and partially an adventure yarn. Gawain's piety, alongside his valour and handsome appearance, make him the archetypal good knight: his green-skinned enemy is a worthy, sinister opponent. It is those passages where they are most stereotypical that have the strongest resonance.
While the extensive use of description can be wearisome, the strong characterisation and dialogues lend a modern tone and relevance to a story that could easily have remained a historical curio.
Release Date: Out now. Published by Faber and Faber. Cover Price Ã‚Â£12.99 hardback.