Gawaine and the lady Ragnell : a play
Turner, Donna Henderson
MetadataShow full item record
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.