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The Works of the Gawain Poet: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness, Patience (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Ad Putter , Myra Stokes
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26 Jun 2014 Penguin Classics

A new volume of the works of the Gawain poet, destined to become the definitive edition for students and scholars.

This volume brings together four works of the unknown fourteenth-century poet famous for the Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in their original Middle English. In one of the great tales of medieval literature, Gawain, the noblest knight of King Arthur's court, must keep a deadly bargain with a monstrous knight and resist the advances of his host's beautiful wife. The dream vision of Pearl depicts a bereaved father whose lost child leads him to glimpse heaven. And in moral poems based on stories from the Bible, Cleanness warns against sins of the flesh and of desecration, while Patience encourages readers to endure suffering as God's will.

Little is known about the so-called 'Gawain poet', who wrote during the late fourteenth century. It is believed that he came from south-east Cheshire, an important cultural and economic centre at the time, and he was clearly well-read in Latin, French and English. Although he is not named as the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Cleanness, the four works have been attributed to him based on a careful comparison of their language, date and themes.

Myra Stokes was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Bristol University. Her books include Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman and The Language of Jane Austen.

Ad Putter teaches at the English Department and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Bristol, where is Professor of Medieval English Literature. His monographs include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance and An Introduction to the Gawain Poet, and he is also co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend.


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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424140
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For history lovers too 25 Aug 2014
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Alongside, 'The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript' edited by Andrew & Waldron, I believe this is an excellent book for studying the works of the Gawain Poet. Explanations of the poet's texts and how certain (unusual) words or phrases should be interpreted, was extremely useful. This book should also be of interest to historians studying 14th century England, as in 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' there is much detail on fashion, armour, courtly behaviour, hunting and castles.
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