Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages.

By H A Guerber

Printed: 1909

Publisher: George G Harrap. London

Dimensions 16 × 22 × 4.5 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 16 x 22 x 4.5

Condition: Very good  (See explanation of ratings)


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Blue cloth binding with gilt title and decoration on the spine and the front board.

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“If there is a phrase in our tongue which connotes the atmosphere of romance it is that of ‘the Middle Ages.’ Do but mention the words, and it is as another opening of Pandora’s box. Out there streams a retinue of goodly knights.” From the dragon-slaying knight aboard its covers to the heroic tales and dramatic illustrations within, the collection of medieval myths and legends is epic indeed. Myths & Legends of the Middle Ages is the work of British historian Hélène Adeline Guerber (1859-1929), collector and populariser of folklore and mythology, who here retells and contextualizes tales of chivalry from the Arthurian, Carolingian, Teutonic, and Scandinavian cycles. These timeworn tales come illustrated throughout in colour frontispiece by Willy Pogany and 59 black-and-white plate illustrations by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Evelyn Paul, Julius Jurss, Gertrude Demain Hammond, Stella Langdale, Frank T. Merrill, Severin Nilsson, and many other illustrious artists. Monster-slaying Beowulf, trickster Reynard the Fox, star-crossed lovers Tristan and Iseult, King Arthur’s Holy Grail, Round Table, and wizard Merlin, the Viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok, and many more await you–from deep in time and from the pages of this 1913 edition of Myths & Legends of the Middle Ages. Full contents: Introduction, Beowulf, Gudrun, Reynard the Fox, The Nibelungenlied, The Langobardian Cycle, The Amelings, Dietrich von Bern, Charlemagne and His Paladins, The Sons of Aymon, Huon of Bordeaux, Titurel and the Holy Grail, Merlin, The Round Table, Tristan and Iseult, Ragnar Lodbrok, The Cid, General Survey of Romance Literature,

Hélène Adeline Guerber (1859 – 1929), better known as H.A. Guerber, was a British historian most well known for her written histories of Germanic mythology. Her most well-known work is Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas – George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1908 in London. Other histories by Guerber include Legends of the Rhine (A.S. Barnes & Co., New York, 1895; new edition 1905), Stories of the Wagner Opera, The Book of the Epic, The Story of the Ancient World, The Story of the Greeks, The Story of the Romans, Legends of the Middle Ages, The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation, The Story of the Thirteen Colonies, and The Story of the Great Republic. —

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