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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Fairy Tales of Modern Greece

Fairy Tales of Modern Greece

Theodore P. Gianakoulis and Georgia H. MacPherson

This is a collection of stories about Greek fairies. Similar to the northern fairies, they are not adverse to interacting with mortals. However, there is always some proviso, such as the fairy bride who is forbidden to speak, and drives her husband mad (The Fairy Mother). The tragedy can also turn the other way, such as the fairy…

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Folk Tales of Brittany

Folk Tales of Brittany

Elsie Masson

Fully illustrated, this is a selection of folk-tales from Brittany by Elsie Masson. Chapters include The Castle Of Comorre; The Basin Of Gold And The Diamond Lance; Lady Yolanda’s Thimble; The Witch Of Lok Island; Little White-Thorn And The Talking Bird; Princess Ahez And The Lost City; The Changeling; The Foster Brother; The Hunchback…

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From Ritual to Romance

From Ritual to Romance

Jessie L. Weston

Written in a formal academic style, with extensive passages in a dozen different languages, this relatively short book is an attempt to explain the roots of the legend of the Holy Grail. Chapters include: The Task of the Hero; The Freeing of the Waters; Tammuz and Adonis; Medieval and Modern Forms of Nature Ritual; The Symbols; The Sword Dance; The Medicine Man; The Fisher King; The Secret of the Grail (1): The Mysteries; The Secret of the…

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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…

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A History of the Huguenots

A History of the Huguenots

W. Carlos Martyn

This is an excellent and inspiring tale of the Huguenots, an ethnoreligious group of French Protestants. John Calvin was a Frenchman and his reformation in the French speaking Swiss city of Geneva had a profound impact on his homeland. The story of these heroic Christians and their struggles for the faith is an edifying exercise for those who desire to know more of their spiritual heritage. The book starts with the history of pre-Reformation…

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Legends and Romances of Brittany

Legends and Romances of Brittany

Lewis Spence

In this fully illustrated book, Lewis Spence recounts tales of knights, kings and saints, some more or less historical in nature, others set in the timeless land of the fairy-tales. Brittany also has extensive lore of fairy-folk, including several unique species, such as the Korrigan, Nain, Goric, and the dread Ankou, a female spirit of…

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The Nibelungenlied

Daniel B. Shumway

The Nibelungenlied, translated as The Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic poem originally written in Middle High German. The story tells of dragon-slayer Siegfried at the court of the Burgundians, how he was murdered, and of his wife Kriemhild’s revenge. It is based on pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs (the Nibelungensaga), which include…

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