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10 September 2012

Final Opportunity to See Gawain

For those of you who love Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a reminder that the original manuscript is on display in the British Library's Writing Britain exhibition until 25 September 2012.

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London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero A X, f. 129r

The manuscript is one of the British Library's greatest literary treasures, combining the unique copies of four Middle English classics (Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) with a cycle of illustrative miniatures. You may also like to know that images of the entire book are also now available online.

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London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero A X, f. 95r (detail)

Should you be in London, it's well worth a visit to see not only Gawain but other original manuscripts by the likes of Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, John Lennon, JK Rowling, Robert Louis Stephenson and JRR Tolkien. A veritable literary feast!

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