Chapter I, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
• Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is laid out in one-hundred and two stanzas, whereas the first quarter of the epic has twenty-one stanzas.
• The story opens with a focus on the setting.
• It begins with the siege and assault at Troy, the rise of the Roman Empire, and its expansion across Europe to Britain.
• Britain rose under Felix Brutus with bold men and many marvels, including King Arthur.
• King Arthur is in Camelot at Christmas at the Round Table with his men, who had been feasting.
• The author describes the feast of twelve days until New Year.
• There were competitions for prizes, debates, and merriment.
• Arthur was noble, waiting to eat until others had been served.
• He did this in part to gather news of the realm beforehand.
• Sir Gawain stands near Guinevere with Agravain a la Dure...
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