Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is, as we now know it, a late 14th century romance recorded in a manuscript containing a number of other pieces, of an altogether more Christian orientation which are linked by a commonality of dialect usage.

The core of the story, however, is far older and embraces many elements central to Celtic mythology, although it is also coloured by events of the time, chief amongst which were the Black Death. In the story, Gawain, an Arthurian knight of Camelot, becomes a guest at Hautdesert Castle. During this sojourn, three hunts take place, and are paralleled by three temptations laid before Gawain by the Green Knight's wife.