Publication Date

1986

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Tucci, Albert D.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Theatre Arts

LCSH

Arthurian romances

Abstract

The play Gauaine and the Lady Ragnell is based on a fourteenth century ballad, ’’The Marriage of Sir Gawain, ” and ’’The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell,” a fourteenth century romance poem, (burlesque). In the play, King Arthur is challenged by a giant knight, Gomer Jour. To save his life, Arthur must answer the riddle, what it is that women most desire. A loathly lady, Dame Ragnell, offers to give the answer Arthur seeks, but only in exchange for Sir Gawaine as husband. After initial resistance, Gawaine acquiesces. On the night of Gawaine and Ragnell’s wedding, a nuptial kiss breaks the curse and restores Ragnell’s beauty.

Comments

Bibliography: pages [159]-162.

Extent

[iii], 162 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

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Text

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