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…

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A Book Of Folk-Lore

A Book Of Folk-Lore

Sabine Baring-Gould

From the Preliminary: ‘In some instances we can trace scraps of folklore back to whence they came. In the legends of several of the Irish saints we have them represented as floating over the sea on leaves. The idea is so odd and so preposterous–as there are in Ireland no leaves of any size that could be serviceable–that we are constrained to look back and see whether this be not an adaptation of a much…

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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…

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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…

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The Danish History

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 “Danish History”, only the first nine were ever translated.

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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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Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Famous Men of the Middle Ages

John Henry Haaren

This book contains short biographies of famous men from the middle ages such as: Alaric The Visigoth; Attila The Hun; Justinian The Great; Mohammed; Charlemagne; William The Conqueror; Canute The Great; Robert Bruce; Marco Polo, and many more. Aimed at older children, but still holds many interesting facts that will entertain adult readers too.

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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

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 parts of this book is Spence’s discussion of the historical basis of the Nibelunglied…

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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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