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The Secrets told by Landscape and Geography in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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Image: St Winefride's Well - the "Holy Head" mentioned by the Gawain-poet

One of the bewitching elements of the masterpiece which is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is that its mediaeval writer is completely unknown. Yet, occasionally, the poet gives intriguing insights into who he was and where he lived – none more so than his descriptions of the landscape in which the poem is set; in…

Sir Gawain goes to the publishers!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

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It's been a long time in coming - five years in fact - but at long last the manuscript and illustrations for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight have been delivered to the team at Unbound for the next step in its story. Five years ago, I could little have imagined it getting this far - here's how it all came about...

Back in 2012, I was busy producing a small range of greetings cards featuring scenes…

The Romance of Castles in the Landscape of Sir Gawain

Sunday, 10 September 2017

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In the last decade or so, there has been a significant change in the understanding of castles in Britain. In addition to sophisticated architectural reconstructions and the innovative use of techniques such as lidar (light detection and ranging) in showing the lie of the land, much work has also been done into the concept of the castle as statement.

In truth, this should not come as a surprise…

Help Gawain reach 130% funding - special competition and rewards!

Monday, 4 September 2017

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Thanks to you all for your support and helping us to spread Sir Gawain's epic story to a new audience. We're now at an incredible 117%. But Sir Gawain and our journey isn't over yet. 



I've discussed the campaign with Unbound and we've decided to not only upload some exciting new pledge levels (check out the new giclee "dedicated print" options featuring some of my linocuts of castles and ancient…

Sir Gawain meets two ladies at Castle Hautdesert. Now let the story really begin...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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After his journey through the land of Logres, Sir Gawain arrives at last at Hautdesert where he meets Lord Bertilak. Then, as shown here in part of my new translation, he is introduced to two women who, it emerges later, yield more power than might be supposed...

(Image: Lord Bertilak and the ladies. The original print of this illustration, framed and signed by me, is available to one lucky…

Gawain arrives at the Green Chapel - an excerpt from my translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Saturday, 19 August 2017

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One of the most haunting sections in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is when Gawain comes across the Green Chapel for the first time in his quest. What follows is the part of my new translation which relates to his arrival here.

(above: the cave in its mound at Wetton Mill on the Manifold valley in Derbyshire; one of the candidates for the actual Green Chapel referred to by the Gawain-poet…

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

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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

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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.

Research

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 a signed and personally dedicated copy of 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…

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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Among the different pledge reward options for supporters of my new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are those which include an Artiists Guild quality giclee print of my linocut 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 image was created - and how you might acquire a signed and numbered limited…

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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