Film: The Green Knight – History, Myth, and Modern Shame – A Historian’s View (Episode #132)

We consider the narrative structure, symbols, and meanings of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the context of the Middle Ages and the Arthurian cycle, and how the movie has been adjusted to speak to modern sensibilities. I argue that the Green Knight myth has relevance today as a parable about shame.

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

Previous lectures on the Arthur Cycle:
1. Creating King Arthur
2. The Rise and Fall of Camelot
3. The Historical King Arthur

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