Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Threat of Women to Courtly Life

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2012-09-24

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Dangerfield, Emily

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Historians of early-nineteenth century Europe have analyzed Arthurian legends and poems for their cultural values and understanding. Cultural historians in particular have analyzed the constant adjustment of small details in each subsequent translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, specifically in regards to the role of women in Arthurian times and the period of change following Arthur’s demise. Drawing from the translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by W.A. Neilson, this paper argues the use of this poem as a warning to readers of the period of the dangers of women to men’s chivalric values, honour, and their status as knights.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Arthurian tales, Women, Courtly life

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