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Young Heretics


May 17, 2024

This week we're going still further back in time, and further north, to read some Middle English from the tale of Gawain and the Green Knight. It's a galloping adventure that's been translated by some of the greats--including J.R.R. Tolkien--and reading the original is a good chance to practice dipping your toe into the more obscure forms of English that make the past feel like another country. Plus: how we appropriated Viking culture.

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Tips on pronouncing Middle English:

https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/cb45/middle-english-basic-pronunciation-and-grammar

https://folgerpedia.folger.edu/mediawiki/media/images_pedia_folgerpedia_mw/1/1f/How_to_pronounce_Middle_English.pdf

Recordings of expert readings:

https://www.arthuriana.com/sggk-rendall