Book: Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race
Author: Maud Isabel Ebbutt

Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race By Maud Isabel Ebbutt

Format: Global Grey free PDF
Pages (PDF): 352
Publication Date: 1910

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With over 50 illustrations. With legends from Iceland, Spain, Ireland and Constantinople, the common theme here is not 'British' legends per se, but heroic characters from the dark and middle ages. Notably, Ebbutt includes a number of memorable heroines as well, including the Irish Countess Cathleen, who bargained her soul to relieve a famine, the 'Loathly Lady,' redeemed by the love of Sir Gawain, and Rymenhild, who (uncharacteristically for the genre) seduces the Childe Horn, motivating his story arc towards knighthood.