Gustave Doré's illustration of Camelot from Idylls of the King 1867 ~ Wikipedia
|Tom 1068 ~ No attribution required ~ Pixabay|
|Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (from original manuscript, artist unknown) ~ Wikipedia|
|God's Speed by Edmund Blair Leighton 1900 ~ Wikipeida|
|Lady Bertilak at Gawain's bed ~ from original manuscript, artist unknown ~ Wikipedia|
When Bertilak came back cold and muddy from his hunt, he asked Gawain if he had gained anything this day and if so, he must remember to give it back. So Gawain kissed his host. Sir Bertilak looked confused by the kiss, but he did not comment upon it.
|The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse,1880 ~ note the girdle around her waist ~ Wikipedia|
The following day Gawain, with a pounding heart and the girdle wrapped around his waist, set out to meet the Green Knight. He found the giant sharpening his blade outside of the Chapel.
|The Vigil by John Pettie, 1888 ~ Gawain represented the perfect knight, as a fighter, a lover, and a religious devotee ~ Wikipedia|