Anonymous, Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle

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Sir Gawain and the Carle of Carlisle

(henceforth,

Carlisle

) is a late medieval popular verse romance which was probably composed in the northwest of England around 1400 and copied by an anonymous scribe in the second half of the fifteenth century (Hahn 83; Kurvinen 28).

Carlisle

survives in a single manuscript witness, Brogyntyn MS ii.1, kept in the National Library of Wales. The poem is 660 lines long, and it is composed in tail-rhyme stanzas, with a generally regular rhyme scheme of

aab ccb ddb eeb

. This Arthurian romance exists in another variant text, namely

The Carle of Carlisle

(henceforth,

Carle

), a 500-line sixteenth-century poem composed in rhyming couplets and preserved in the mid-seventeenth-century Percy Folio, now in the British Library (Rogers 204; Hahn 374). The plotline of…

3184 words

Citation: Ayed, Wajih. "Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 May 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39394, accessed 19 April 2024.]

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