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Reading Literature HistoricallyDrama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation$
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Greg Walker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681013

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.001.0001

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Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

(p.92) (p.93) Chapter 4 Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Reading Literature Historically

Greg Walker

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter four considers the celebrated opening fitt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, suggesting how its rich depiction of conduct at King Arthur’s court serves to exemplify and interrogate contemporary courtly values and the power of courtesy in the face of apparently external threat. In so doing it challenges a number of recent interpretations of who or what The Green Knight represents, and offers a broadly positive account of Gawain’s performance at Camelot, and later at Hautdesert.

Keywords:   Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Courtliness, Chivalry, Knightly Courtesy

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