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What's in a name?

Govan was one of the names of Gawain, a heroic knight of the Round Table who appears in art and literature in English, Celtic and European traditions right up to the present day. Perhaps nowadays not as famous as his peers Lancelot and Galahad, Gawain was one of the greatest knights and the nephew of King Arthur himself.

He is most famous for the legend where he rises to the challenge laid down by the Green Knight, and was the hero of mediaeval tales of the court.

These suggest that fifteen hundred years ago in the court of King Arthur he was known for his bravery, his chivalry and his adventure.

He influences little touches in our shoes, such as the our double-headed heels inspired by his double headed eagle motif.

Govan wasn't perfect, but then again who is?



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