Medieval Literature Book Club

Published on January 23, 2024

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Join us at the Morris County Library for a Medieval Book Club meeting on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00pm! This month's pick: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Verse Translation by Simon Armitage.

This program is intended for adults ages 18 and up. 

One of the founding stories of English literature, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight narrates the strange tale of a green knight on a green horse who rudely interrupts Camelot’s Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager. The virtuous Gawain accepts and decapitates the intruder with his own axe. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. The following Yuletide, Gawain dutifully sets forth. His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dreamlike castle, a dire challenge answered—and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.

Please note that you will need to obtain your own copy of the book for each month's discussion. Copies are available through the library consortium. 

Registration is not required. 

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