The full text of an imagined sequel to
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
A novel and inquiry into times and circumstances.
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Three stories interweave.  At the heart of this inquiry lies the imagined continuation of the legend of Sir Gawain.  Research for this project returned to Gawain's origins in Welsh myth, and imagines how a poet working at the end of the fourteenth century might process and remake that material.

 

Wrapped around and threading through the oral performance of Sir Gawain and the Green Maiden, is the story of one young man who heard the tale, and how it changed his life.  Running parallel to Gawain's quest to answer the question asked by the mysterious Green Maiden, is Mark Thomas' own more homegrown mission to solve the question of his own fate and marriage to the careful and contriving young woman Magge, descended from Welsh warrior stock.

 

In the deep background, topping-and-tailing the work, is the tragic and epic story of Brea, last of her kind, the Ellylon, the original inhabitants of the region displaced by the Britons and then the English.  Her story makes fleeting contact with that of Mark Thomas, and casts a distant and antique light on the mythology that emerges from the region.

Sir Gawain and the Green Maiden contains the full text of the poet's new tale as though translated into modern English, and an enthralling narrative of how it was finally delivered and the effect it had on the lives of those who heard it.

 

An original and valuable addition to the mythology, and an immersive human story behind the myth.

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Other books

S. D. Evans has previously published under the name Evan Symmonds

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Though the Frost Was Cruel

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Mansfield Park & Ride

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