A massive green knight in green armor on a great green horse rides right into the hall and issues a crazy challenge. A blow for a blow, with a quest in between and death almost certain. To save the king's honor, young Gawain makes the quest, through wilderness and bed chamber, battle axe and seduction, and maybe with a very modern moral.
This hour, On Point: from out of the past, a new rendition of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."Guests:
Simon Armitage, poet and translator of a new version of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."
Elizabeth Fowler, professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at the University of Virginia.
Stefan Pasker, medieval reenactor who directed a version of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" at this year's Connecticut Renaissance Faire.
This program aired on October 9, 2007.