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European Myths

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  • Sir Gawain and The Green Knightby Keith Harrison; Helen Cooper

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 8.99

    The finest translation in and for our time' (Kevin Crossley-Holland) Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic... more...

  • The Mabinogionby Charlotte Guest

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    This collection of Welsh folklore, fairy tales and mythology is vital reading for anyone who is interested in early European vernacular literature and folk archetypes. Dating from as far back as the fourteenth century, the publication of this volume marked the first time that the tales were rendered in an English translation. more...

  • The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Talesby Franz Xaver von Schonwerth; Erika Eichenseer; Maria Tatar; Engelbert Suss

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 17.00

    ?Schönwerth?s tales have a compositional fierceness and energy rarely seen in stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault.? ? The New Yorker   ?Schönwerth?s legacy counts as the most significant collection in the German-speaking world in the nineteenth century.? ? Daniel Drascek, University of Regensburg more...

  • Ancient Legends Retold: The Seat Perilous, The Quests of Arthur's Knightsby Bernard Kelly; June Peter

    The History Press 2013; US$ 11.65

    Around the round table there was always one seat which remained empty. This was the place left for the one who would one day attain the grail and redeem and restore the land. It was the first Hot Seat - if you sat there and were not that man you would be consumed by fire. It was known as the Seat Perilous. These are the untold stories of the knights... more...

  • A Brief History of Robin Hoodby Nigel Cawthorne

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 13.11

    Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man but found its location during the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the... more...

  • English Fairy Talesby Joseph Jacobs

    The Floating Press 1907; US$ 7.95

    We have called our stories Fairy Tales though few of them speak of fairies (For some recent views on fairies and tales about fairies, see Notes.) The same remark applies to the collection of the Brothers Grimm and to all the other European collections, which contain exactly the same classes of tales as ours. Yet our stories are what the little ones... more...

  • Origins of the Tarotby Dai Leon

    North Atlantic Books 2012; US$ 18.95

    Conventional wisdom traces Tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go back much further in time and draw on a surprisingly rich variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, Origins of the Tarot is the first book to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of wisdom... more...

  • Legends of Charlemagneby Thomas Bulfinch

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Travel back in time with this collection of fables and legends set in medieval France. Famed folklorist Thomas Bulfinch brings together a carefully curated compendium of stories that are sure to delight. A bevy of damsels in distress and courageous knights populate these pages in tales that veer from action-adventure to romance and back again. more...

  • The King Arthur Conspiracyby Simon Andrew Stirling

    The History Press 2012; US$ 29.17

    Arthur led the Britons to the brink of victory but was cut down by treachery and betrayal. Arthurian legends have since been corrupted, leading to popular but false assumptions about the king and the belief that his grave could never be found. Drawing on a vast range of sources and new translations of early British and Gaelic poetry, Arthur explodes... more...

  • Italian Folktalesby Italo Calvino

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 27.18

    Meticulously selected and artfully recreated, the selection of stories in Italian is vast and ranges geographically from Corsica and Sicily to Venice and the Alps. Calvino is himself clearly captivated by the folkloric imagination and communicates this in what is a fascinating and rich addition to folk literature. more...