BBC Radio 4 „In Our Time“: „Sir Gawain and the Green Knight“

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„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss one of the jew­els of medieval Eng­lish poet­ry. It was writ­ten c1400 by an unknown poet and then was left hid­den in pri­vate col­lec­tions until the C19th when it emerged. It tells the sto­ry of a giant green knight who dis­rupts Christ­mas at Camelot, dar­ing Gawain to cut off his head with an axe if he can do the same to Gawain the fol­low­ing year. Much to the sur­prise of Arthur’s court, who were kick­ing the green head around, the decap­i­tat­ed body reach­es for his head and rides off, leav­ing Gawain to face his promise and his appar­ent­ly inevitable death the fol­low­ing Christ­mas.
With Lau­ra Ashe (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at Worces­ter Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford), Ad Put­ter (Pro­fes­sor of Medieval Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bris­tol), and Simon Armitage (Poet and Pro­fes­sor of Poet­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Leeds and Oxford).“

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