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Seen the BBC Four documentary? Now read the book!,
This review is from: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback)
"...It was Christmas at Camelot - King Arthur's Court,
where the great and the good of the land had gathered .."
Hopefully the recent - and excellent - BBC Four documentary in which Simon Armitage guided viewers on a journey through the literal landscape of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight will have brought this poem to the attention of a wider audience.
This book works at every possible level: it's a wonderful translation from the Middle English of the 1400's, it's a rollickingly exciting tale of chivalry, drama and moral dilemma, and, most significantly, it stands as poetry in its own right.
One word of warning: your friends will inevitably soon regard you as dotty, as the book just cries out to be read aloud!
Impossible to recommend strongly enough!