Bulfinch's Medieval Mythology - The Age of Chivalry

Bulfinch's Medieval Mythology - The Age of Chivalry

by Thomas Bulfinch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0486436535

ISBN-13: 2900486436530

Pub. Date: 08/30/2004

Publisher: Dover Publications

Chivalry, explains author Thomas Bulfinch, is "an ideal of the heroic character, combining invincible strength and valor, justice, modesty, loyalty to superiors, courtesy to equals, compassion to weakness, and devotedness to the Church." Even if no one outside of fiction ever measured up to these ideals, he adds, medieval societies recognized them as the highest model

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Chivalry, explains author Thomas Bulfinch, is "an ideal of the heroic character, combining invincible strength and valor, justice, modesty, loyalty to superiors, courtesy to equals, compassion to weakness, and devotedness to the Church." Even if no one outside of fiction ever measured up to these ideals, he adds, medieval societies recognized them as the highest model for emulation. Here, in a dazzling panoply, are the legendary figures from the age of chivalry: King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Richard the Lionhearted and his crusaders, and a host of other famous and lesser-known characters. This collection includes tales from Camelot, with recountings of the quest for the Holy Grail and the doomed romance of Tristram and Isoude; dramatic narratives from the vibrant repository of Welsh folklore known as The Mabinogenon; and stories of the heroic deeds of Edward the Black Prince and other noble English warriors. Bulfinch's skillful storytelling not only relates these ancient myths and legends but also discusses their roles in literature and art, with numerous allusions to poetry and paintings. Generations of children and adults have thrilled to these timeless tales, and young readers can find no better introduction to the enchantment of medieval myths and legends.

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ISBN-13:
2900486436530
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Part IKing Arthur and His Knights
I.Introduction1
II.The Mythical History of England12
III.Arthur20
IV.Caradoc Briefbras40
V.Sir Gawain44
VI.Launcelot of the Lake48
VII.The Story of Launcelot: The Adventure of the Cart56
VIII.The Story of Launcelot: The Lady of Shalott63
IX.The Story of Launcelot: Queen Guenever's Peril67
X.The Story of Tristram of Lyonesse70
XI.Tristram and Isoude76
XII.The Story of Sir Tristram81
XIII.The End of the Story of Sir Tristram87
XIV.The Story of Perceval93
XV.The Quest of the Sangreal99
XVI.The End of the Quest108
XVII.Sir Agrivain's Treason119
XVIII.Morte d'Arthur125
Part IIThe Mabinogeon
XIX.The Britons137
XX.The Lady of the Fountain140
XXI.The Lady of the Fountain (continued)145
XXII.The Lady of the Fountain (continued)151
XXIII.Geraint, the Son of Erbin156
XXIV.Geraint, the Son of Erbin (continued)164
XXV.Geraint, the Son of Erbin (continued)170
XXVI.Pwyll, Prince of Dyved178
XXVII.Branwen, the Daughter of Llyr182
XXVIII.Manawyddan189
XXIX.Kilwich and Olwen197
XXX.Kilwich and Olwen (continued)206
XXXI.Peredur, the Son of Evrawc211
XXXII.Taliesin218
Part IIIThe Knights of English History
XXXIII.King Richard and the Third Crusade227
XXXIV.Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest245
XXXV.Robin Hood and His Adventures252
XXXVI.Chevy Chase259
XXXVII.The Battle of Otterbourne265
XXXVIII.Edward the Black Prince272
Index289

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