The Legend of Sir Gawain; Studies Upon Its Original Scope and Significance

The Legend of Sir Gawain; Studies Upon Its Original Scope and Significance

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...His mother accompanies him to a city, where he lays aside his savage dress and is clad in armour. Finally, at the instance of his companions he determines to go to Arthur's court and win honour. Before his departure his mother acquaints him with his father's name and fate. In the I/Vigalois the commencement is quite different. Gawain has been overcome by an unknown knight, and compelled to follow him to his own land, where he weds the niece of the king. After six months he leaves her to revisit the court, and, the land being enchanted, is unable to find his way back. The boy grows up at his mother's court, where he is trained in all knightly accomplishments, and finally sets out to find his father. Now on the surface there certainly seems to be a strong resemblance between this story and the well-known Enfanees of Perceval; and Dr. Schofield arrives at the con clusion that the hero of the romance was originally no other than Perceval himself. This conclusion M. Lot attacks, but, it seems, on insufficient grounds. He says,1 'On retrouve partout des heros dont la jeunesse est obscure, sauvage, ou meprisee. Comme tous ces regits s'influencent reciproquement il nous parait impossible d'esperer atteindre la source la plus reculee.' This is, of course, in a measure true, but we do not see that it operates in the main against Dr..Scho-' field's theory. It is impossible for any one familiar with the Perceval romances not to be struck with the correspondence in detail existing between the two groups: the mother's expressed dread of her son being slain in battle---his absolute ignorance, not merely of his parentage, but of his own name--the very terms more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236906225
  • 9781236906229