The Medieval Myths

A brilliant re creation of the great myths of the Middle Ages from Beowulf to the Cid Medieval myths are as significant to modern reads as they were to the unlettered serfs and lords of feudal times Their influence on literature, philosophy, and folklore is apparent throughout the history of Europe, and they have deeply expressed the imagination and dreams of many peoplA brilliant re creation of the great myths of the Middle Ages from Beowulf to the Cid Medieval myths are as significant to modern reads as they were to the unlettered serfs and lords of feudal times Their influence on literature, philosophy, and folklore is apparent throughout the history of Europe, and they have deeply expressed the imagination and dreams of many peoples Offering nine brilliant retellings of the great myths of the medieval world, this is the first collection to compare national heroes of a time when their cultures were emerging from barbarism into civilization The stories of Beowulf, Roland, Tannhauser, Culchulain, and other mythic heroes are among the oldest of the western world, and their reverberations have deeply affected the ideals of the nations from which they came These rousing sagas, so vividly presented here, are masterpieces of world literature that give modern readers new insights into the origins of European culture.
The Medieval Myths A brilliant re creation of the great myths of the Middle Ages from Beowulf to the Cid Medieval myths are as significant to modern reads as they were to the unlettered serfs and lords of feudal times T

  • Title: The Medieval Myths
  • Author: Norma Lorre Goodrich
  • ISBN: 9780452011281
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Medieval Myths”

    1. I read this book back in college (30 years ago in its sixth printing) and just finished it again. Ok, the myths are what they are and that is fine. They all generally suffer from translational issues as you can imagine. They all suffer from contextual issues as well, since we cannot easily know the references of ancient peoples.What is missing here, and is possibly included in more recent printings (I still have my 1961 edition), are the annotations needed to overcome these issues. Since I treat [...]

    2. Not the most exciting translations of these legends, but I found it worth reading the two that were new to me: The Host of Prince Igor and The Cid. In the latter poem's introduction, Juan Cabal is quoted saying that The Cid "would be more or less unintelligible to the average reader of Spanish." I found this to be tremendously reassuring, as I once attempted to read the original version. I don't think I got past the second page at that time. This version is much more readable. It suprised me by [...]

    3. Short, versions of several early medieval European legends, each accompanied by a brief introduction that provides cultural, geographic, and sources context. The book could be deeper, but I enjoyed it. I found it engaging because it wasn't just the legends; it was also a look at those stories in relation to each other and as artifacts of the development of a Christian feudal society in Europe. An easy read and good appetizer if you want to go on to find more.

    4. Although the legends are of course, shortened versions, the book is an interesting collection. A good way to introduce oneself to these various myths. The myths are Beowulf; Peredur, Son of York; The Story of Roland; Berta of Hungary; Sifrit; Prince Igor; and Cid.

    5. Though the myths a drawn from a wide spectrum and drawn from both the well-known and obscure, they are condensed and in prose at times robbing the myths of their power. Perhaps this will work as an introduction, but not for the serious student.

    6. While not typical readable or captivating, very good way to gain understanding of myths & legends that have given rise to the stories we tell today. And a good way to visualize the way things must have been.

    7. Retelling of classic European stories that every educated person should know about: Beowulf, Berta Broadfoot, Song of Rolland, El Cid, Tannhauser, Cuchulain, and more.

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