People/Characters: Dame Ragnall

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The British (Myths and Legends Studio Edition) by Maude Isabelle Ebbutt
The English Loathly Lady Tales: Boundaries, Traditions, Motifs by S. Elizabeth Passmore
The Knightly Tales of Sir Gawain by Louis Brewer Hall
Middle English Romances [Norton Critical Edition] by Stephen H. A. Shepherd
Middle English Verse Romances by Donald B. Sands
Oral Tradition in the Middle Ages by W. F. H. Nicolaisen
Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales by Thomas Hahn

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Ragnall: The "Loathly Woman" in the romance of "Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnall." In the typical version of her story, she does a service for Arthur in return for a promise that she will be allowed to wed Gawain. She confronts Gawain with a choice (the nature varies: Foul by day and fair by night, or vice versa; or alternately, foul and faithful or fair and faithless). Gawain consents to give her the choice -- and her enchantment is lifted and she becomes both faithful and fair. Gawain loves her above all other women. But, sadly, she dies young.


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