Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Simon Armitage

Sir Gawain and the Green KnightThis story is translated from an Old English poem. Much like the title would suggest, it’s the story of Sir Gawain, a knight serving in King Arthur’s court, who accepts the challenge of a mysterious green knight. Not so much a duel as a blow-for-blow test of strength and honor.

Sir Gawain can swing as hard as he can at the Green Knight, but in one year’s time, he must travel and seek out the same knight–if he’s alive–to accept his doom.

Upon his journey, Sir Gawain finds kindness from a lord in a faraway castle.

This book is interesting because it contains the old poem next to the translated version. And at just under 100 pages of reading, this story is as sharp and engaging as the Green Knight’s axe blade.

This centuries-old story has a good moral of being truthful and keeping your word, no matter the consequence.

Reviewed by JP


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