Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

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by Selina Hastings, Juan Wijngaard
     
 

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A lavishly illustrated retelling of the legend in which Sir Gawain agrees to marry the Loathly Lady (really a princess under a curse), so that King Arthur's honor is preserved.  See more details below

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A lavishly illustrated retelling of the legend in which Sir Gawain agrees to marry the Loathly Lady (really a princess under a curse), so that King Arthur's honor is preserved.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hastings, a British journalist, possesses an outstanding talent for storytelling. Her version of a tale from the Round Table seethes with suspense and will hold young readers in thrall. A hideous woman saves King Arthur's life when the Black Knight menaces him, but she demands a terrible payment, marriage to one of Arthur's knights. Noble Sir Gawain volunteers and his reward, in the grand way of fairy tales, is a beautiful wife when the loathly lady is freed from an evil spell. The illustrations can't be sufficiently praised. Wijngaard's paintings are magnificent, meticulously detailed, effulgent with the regal colors of medieval pageantry, framed by delicate flowers and symbols of royalty. Even more remarkable are the portrayals of people. Except for compassionate Guinevere, they show clearly how they shrink from the ``hell-hag,'' then rejoice when the transformed bride steps forth in her radiant loveliness. (812)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up This version of the old romance, balladand the tale Chaucer had the Wife of Bath tell to good effectis charmingly retold and gloriously illustrated. To save his life, King Arthur must answer in three days' time a riddle: ``What is it that women most desire?'' In despair, he accepts an offer of the answer (``Their own way'') from a loathsome-looking lady who claims as reward a knight in marriage. To the horror of the court, Gawain marries the lady to save his king's honor; but when he yields to her judgment, he further releases her from a spell and is rewarded with a beautiful wife. Troughton's Sir Gawain and the Loathly Damsel (Dutton, 1972; o.p.) follows the ballad, and the colorfully stylized pictures recall leaded stained-glass windows. Wijngaard combines the illuminator's precision with a modern miniaturist's detailed perspective; each page of text is framed with manuscript-inspired designs of lacy leaves in scarlet, blue and gold, inset with wonderful, naturalistic paintings. These are full of details for readers to discover: horses' breath pluming out in frosty air; shadowy reflections on damp cobbles; and a cameo of Arthur, foot in stirrup, sleeve being pulled off-scene by the Loathly Lady. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library

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ISBN-13:
9780688070465
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.85(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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It's an amzing story. I loved it the second we read it in class! Beauty is from within... and I just love this book!