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Basque Legends

Basque Legends

Wentworth Webster

Chapters include: The Tartaro; Errua, The Madman; The Three Brothers, The Cruel Master, And The Tartaro; The Tartaro and Petit Perroquet; The Grateful Tartaro and the Heren-Suge; The Seven-Headed Serpent; The Serpent in the Wood; Acheria, The Fox; The Ass and the Wolf; Basa-Jauna, The Wild Man; The Servant at the Fairy’s; The Fairy in the House; The Pretty But Idle Girl; The Devil’s Age; The Fairy-Queen Godmother; The Witches at the Sabbat…

Beowolf

Beowolf

J. Lesslie Hall

In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (Heorot) has been under attack by a being known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king…

Bulfinch’s Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

Bulfinch's Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

Thomas Bulfinch

This is the third and last part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the previous two being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur. Chapters include: The Peers, Or Paladins; The Tournament; The Siege Of Albracca; Adventures Of Rinaldo And Orlando; The Invasion Of France; Bradamante And Rogero; Astolpho And The Enchantress; The Orc; Astolpho’s Adventures Continued, And Isabella’s Begun; Medoro; Orlando…

Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

Thomas Bulfinch

The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur is the second book in Bulfinch’s Mythology, the first being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and the third and last one being, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: The Mythical History of England; Arthur; Caradoc Briefbras; Or Caradoc With The Shrunken Arm; Sir Gawain; Launcelot Of The Lake; The Story Of Tristram Of Lyonesse; The Story Of Perceval…

Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Fable

Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Fable

Thomas Bulfinch

The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes is the first part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the other two being The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur, and, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: Prometheus and Pandora; Apollo and Daphne — Pyramus and Thisbe — Cephalus and Procris; Juno and Her Rivals, Io and Callisto — Diana and Actaeon — Latona and the Rustics; Phaeton; Midas — Baucis and Philemon…

The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge)

The Cattle-Raid of Cooley

Joseph Dunn

The Cattle Raid of Cooley or is a legendary epic tale from early Irish literature. It tells of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the teenage Ulster hero Cú Chulainn. Traditionally set in the 1st century AD in the pre-Christian heroic…

The Cattle Raid of Cualnge

The Cattle Raid of Cualnge

L. Winifred Faraday

One of the masterpieces of Irish literature, this is a translation of a story cycle which lies at the core of the saga of Cuchulainn, the son of the God Lug and the daughter of the king of Ulster. Cuchulainn had the strength of Hercules, but was slow in gaining control over his powers, which turned him into a monster, leaving a trail of mayhem in his…

Cliges

Cliges

Chretien De Troyes

Cligès is a poem by the medieval French poet Chrétien de Troyes, dating from around 1176. It is the second of five Arthurian Romances; Erec and Enide, Cligès, Yvain, Lancelot and Perceval. The poem tells the story of the knight Cligès and his love for his uncle’s wife, Fenice.

Cuchulain of Muirthemne

Cuchulain of Muirthemne

Lady Gregory

This is Lady Gregory’s collation of the Cuchulain cycle. Cuchulain was a mighty warrior, ‘the Hound of Ulster’, the hero of ‘the Red Branch’, a band of elite fighters of ancient Ireland. Cuchulain is the subject of numerous tales set in pre-Christian Ireland, including the pivotal ‘War for the Bull of Cuailgne’. The mythological and supernatural…

The Danish History

Saxo Grammaticus

Originally written in Latin in the early years of the 13th Century A.D. by the Danish historian Saxo, of whom little is known except his name. The text of this edition is based on that published as “The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus”, translated by Oliver Elton (1905). Although Saxo wrote 16 books of his…

The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel

The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel

Whitely Stokes

Togail Bruidne Dá Derga (The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel) is an Irish tale belonging to the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. It survives in three Old and Middle Irish recensions. It recounts the birth, life, and death of Conaire Mór son of Eterscél Mór, a legendary High King of Ireland, who is killed at Da Derga’s hostel by his…

Gisli the Outlaw

Gisli the Outlaw

George Webbe Dasent

A story of cyclic blood-revenge, set off by a casual overheard remark, leading to the protagonist, Gisli, becoming a fugitive from society, and eventually dying in single combat against a dozen foes. Set during the introduction of Christianity to Iceland, there are numerous details about pagan practices which are dotted through the narrative…

Gods and Fighting Men

Gods and Fighting Men

Lady Gregory

The Story Of The Tuatha De Danaan And Of The Fianna Of Ireland, this is Lady Gregory’s retelling of the first and third cycles of the mythic history of Ireland: the Mythological and the Fenian. Yeats wrote that ‘I think this book is the best that has come out of Ireland in my time.’

Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

Lewis Spence

With 32 illustrations, this is Lewis Spence’s retelling of the legends and sagas of the Rhine. Many of these tales have supernatural or pagan elements, although most are set in the middle ages, with the crusades, chivalry, knights, damsels in distress and castles. Many stories center around desperate bargains with the devil. One of the best…

Heroic Romances of Ireland, Complete

A. H. Leahy

This contains both Volumes. Includes; the Courtship of Etain; the Boar of Mac Datho; the Sick-bed of Cuchulain; the Death of the Sons of Usnach; the Combat at the Ford; and, the five ‘Tains’ or Cattle-Forays of Fraech (Tain bo Fraich), Dartaid (The Raid for Dartaid’s Cattle), Regamon (The Raid for the Cattle of Regamon), Flidais…

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