Awntyrs of Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne

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An alliterative poem of 715 lines in two parts, probably from the last quarter of the 14th cent. from the region of Cumberland or the Scottish Lowlands. It seems to have borrowed from the alliterative Morte Arthure and from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In the first part of the romance Gawain and Gaynor (Guinevere) are visited by an apparition, from the lake, of Gaynor's mother; the ghostly figure asks for 30 masses to be said for the relief of her suffering soul and she attacks the vices of Gawain, Arthur, and the court. In the second part, set at Arthur's court, Sir Galeron of Galway demands the return of lands which Arthur had confiscated and given to Gawain; the knight's lands are returned, and Gaynor has the masses said for her mother.

Subjects: Literature.

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