Sir Gawain of the Knights of the Round Table travels as an envoy from the
High King Arthur to the Druids. Saxons killed his traveling companions when
he stumbles upon a village. He is named the May King and spends quality time
with Lady Green. Gawain begins to think that he may love her and makes vows
to the May Queen, Lady Green, who has fallen in love with him. However, as he
learns about the fate of the May King, Gawain does a non-chivalrous act and
flees into the night. He rationalizes his act by claiming he has problems
with his good Christian soul and heritage mingling with her paganism and
Satanism. At Camelot, a legendary song about his exploits is created.
.. ....One night a green knight rides into Arthur's manor and challenges all the
knights to a New Year's game. He offers his neck to any knight willing to use
his ax to cut off his head. However, one year and a day later, the same
knight must offer up his neck to the Green Knight. Since none of the other
knights of the Round Table except Arthur took up his offer, Gawain
reluctantly agrees to the terms. He chops the off the head of the Green
Knight, who calmly picks up his head and informs Gawain that he will see him
next year at the Green Chapel.
........Gawain, for the sake of high honor and the reputation of his King and his
fellow knights, searches for the Green Chapel, knowing full well that when he
finds it, he finds death. He prays for the Lord to forgive him for his sins,
as he continues his search for the obscure Green Chapel. When Gawain finally
finds the Green Chapel, he learns the secret behind the Green Knight.
However, will his courage be able to complete his geas of honor and enable
him to understand the greater lessons of life and death?
...GAWAIN AND LADY GREEN is an incredibly refreshing retelling of the
fabulous Medieval poem. Anne Eliot Crompton brilliantly brings alive the
clash of titans (Christianity Vs Druidism), and the hypocrisy behind foolish
conceit that can kill the greatest of loves. Anyone who enjoys the Arthurian
legend or a Middle Ages Romanticism needs to read this great story and its
predecessor, MERLIN'S HARP.