Is there a secret Enigma Code buried in Gawain and the Green Knight?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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One of the strange features of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the set of nine crudely drawn illuminated letters which the poet originally produced to accompany his work. Do they hold a secret political code as yet untold?

Is there a political invocation contained in the Gawain manuscript?

There is a main letter for each of the four fitts (parts) and another five elsewhere in the…

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In search of the Green Chapel in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Monday, 31 July 2017

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One of the many wonders of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is its magnificent setting; thought by many to be the Staffordshire Roaches The evidence is compelling...

In translatiing and illustrating my telling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I've been fascinated by trying to understand the references made by the (unknown) poet and to grasp not just who he was but also where he was living and…

Now publishing soon - a mediaeval illuminated manuscript for the modern age!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Green knight

How wonderful it was to learn last week that Sir Gawain had managed to achieve 100% funding. I want to thank everyone who has pledged to help make this new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a reality - I could not have done this without you. But the story's not over yet - this is where the real hard work begins!

Revisions and accuracy

Since I began work on the translation…

The fabulous hunting scenes in Gawain and the Green Knight

Saturday, 24 June 2017

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is rightly famous for its depiction of hunting – a favourite pastime of Richard II himself, in whose reign this fabulous work was written. The inclusion of such sport is a masterstroke by the Gawain Poet in support of the main narrative: while Lady Bertilak hunts Gawain in the castle, her husband, Lord Bertilak, is away, hunting in the fields.

Each hunt is a perfect…

The Part Played by Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Saturday, 17 June 2017

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Chivalric test - Lady Bertilak tests the limits of knightly virtue to bring Gawain down

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is justifiably famous for many things; one of the most unusual is the way that it ends. Here, written in another hand, is the famous motto of the Knights of the Garter, Honi Soit Qui Mal Pense (missing the “y” of the full version). Founded by Edward III, the Order of the…

The place of nature in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Gawain in the snow full size

One of the most dramatic contrasts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is that between the action (in Camelot, Hautdesert and the Green Chapel) and the outside world. There is no doubt that the Gawain (or Pearl) Poet was a man deeply in touch with nature. Little wonder because the natural world, the seasons and their effects meant life or death in equal measure in a society where crop failure, famine…

The complex character of Sir Gawain revealed

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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The Arthurian canon is rich with many characters, many of whom have become known to us all: King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Galahad and of course Gawain. Sir Gawain, the subject of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is himself a curious character who varies in personality depending on which of the stories one reads. He has certainly been a constant figure throughout the histories of Arthur.

Printing linocuts for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - film

Friday, 26 May 2017

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As well as my translation, the linocut prints I have produced for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight lie at the heart of my work. The film above shows you the actual printing process for each end every image in the book and below I tell you a little more about the research and production process.


We know from clues within the original manuscript that, despite the anonymity of the Gawain…

Green Knight book plus greetings cards

Sunday, 21 May 2017

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One of the pledge options for my translation of Gawain and the Green Knight enables backers to receive 12 mediaeval greetings cards plus the book.Here's more information...

As you'll know from my other updates, and from reading about my book on Unbound, much of my work in recent years has centred around the creation of a range of linocut prints. In particular, they feature designs and images inspired…

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - a wonderful story of pride and its downfall

Saturday, 13 May 2017

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a wonderful story set in a fabulous landscape of chivalric rules and the ever-present grip of nature and the seasons. It is also a masterpiece of what is now referred to as the Alliterative Revival of the fourteenth century, a form which achieved particular popularity in the north of England and parts of Scotland. Here, for those unfamiliar with the story, I give…

Researching and creating the front cover image for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

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I was delighted to learn this weekend that pledging levels for my illustrated translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has now reached 50%. Among the different pledge options are those which include either an original linocut print or an artist quality giclee print of the Green Knight himself, the same image which will also feature on the front of the book. Here I give an insight into how the…

Sir Gawain says thank you!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

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Dear pledgers, fellow travellers, poets, artists, mediaevalists and lovers of literature, I wanted to thank all of you so far who have helped this edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight reach pledging of 40% after just three weeks. I am honoured by the reception to my work and by the many positive comments I have received.

40% is a great landmark; the equivalent of funding this translation…

How I make the illuminated letters for this edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sunday, 16 April 2017

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I have been overwhelmed by the support shown for my work on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. As well as the four years spent researching and translating my edition, the artwork itself has been a highly involved process. I thought I'd show supporters some of the methods involved in making the artwork itself. In this case, the illuminated letters which are to introduce each of the four Fitts of the…

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