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Arthurian legends

Gawain's brothers

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Green the Holly by Martha

'The Yuletide bonfires were burning low when the ghost of Gawain the Good, who in life had been the first knight of King Arthur's Round Table, finally came home again.' A novel twist to the Green Knight story, with a strong sense of atmosphere and excellent characterisations for all the brothers

[Added 28/01/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Arthurian legends; Characters: Gawain, Gareth, Morgause, Mordred, Agravaine, Gaheris]

The Green Year by Selden

'Morgause was staring at the little rim of sun around Gawain, considering. "We need to clean you up a little before the night comes, my son," she said. / Gawain knew that other boys' mothers - mothers who were not queens - would follow this up by spitting on a corner of their apron and scrubbing at a smut on his face, or tugging the neck of his jerkin closed. / Morgause took out an axe.' A rich & complex reworking of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', drawing on the Fisher King legend, densely packed with allusions & delicious details. There's a fascinating exchange between the author & the recipient in the comments. One of my very favourites from this year's Yuletide

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Arthurian legends; Characters: Gawain, Bertilak, Lady Bertilak, Morgan le Fay, Morgause, Gareth, Mordred, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Agravain, Gaheris]