Sir Gawain and French Arthurian Romance
This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. This book specifically examines the connections between the heroic ideal in this fiction and in earlier Arthurian romance and between their interest in polite manners and peaceful interpersonal relations. It aims to trace the literary influences that lie behind Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and to understand the tradition to which it belongs historically.
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