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The Childhood of King Erik Menved An Historical Romance   By: (1789-1862)

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2. The diphthong oe is represented by {Oe] and [oe].

THE LIBRARY

OF

FOREIGN ROMANCE,

And Nobel Newspaper:

COMPRISING

STANDARD ENGLISH WORKS OF FICTION,

AND

ORIGINAL TRANSLATIONS

FROM THE MOST CELEBRATED CONTINENTAL AUTHORS.

Vol. VII.

CONTAINING

THE CHILDHOOD OF KING ERIK MENVED.

An Historical Romance.

TRANSLATED FROM THE DANISH OF B. S. INGEMANN.

LONDON: BRUCE AND WYLD, 84, FARRINGDON STREET. 1846.

THE CHILDHOOD

OF

KING ERIK MENVED.

An Historical Romance.

BY B. S. INGEMANN.

TRANSLATED FROM THE DANISH, BY J. KESSON.

LONDON: BRUCE AND WYLD, 84, FARRINGDON STREET. 1846.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

The author has given no preface to this romance; and the translator would be contented to follow his example, had the author already enjoyed an English celebrity, or could the name of his translator of itself suffice to recommend his work to the English public.

But the names of Danish writers are comparatively little known in England, and the literature and language of Denmark have not here received that degree of attention which they so justly merit. While the names of the poets and novelists of France and Germany are familiar to a numerous section of the reading public, they have yet, in a great measure, to become acquainted with the names of Ingemann, Andersen, Baggesen, Heiberg, Oehlenschlaeger, and many other Danes of recent times, whose productions as poets, novel's, and dramatists, would do honour to the literature of any country. It is only in comparatively recent times, however, that Denmark has produced a class of writers of any considerable note in the higher walks of literature. During the last century, with the exception of Holberg's "Niels Klim" and "Peder Paars," there are scarcely any other works, unless of a scientific and historical character, that have acquired anything of a European celebrity. To investigate fully the causes of this dearth of elegant writers would require more than the limits of a preface. They may be sought for partly in the depression of the national spirit, consequent upon the decay of the kingdom of Denmark, which, from the proud position it occupied during the middle ages, as one of the first powers of Europe, has gradually dwindled to a third rate monarchy; and, partly, in the undue preference awarded by its own scholars and men of letters to the productions of French, German, and English writers. But, whatever the causes, within the last thirty years there has been an evident desire on the part of the Danes to possess a literature of their own, and to take their stand among the literati of Europe in every department of the belles lettres . To accomplish this, it was necessary to arouse the dormant spirit of the people to remind them of their former greatness to revive the memories of the ancient heroes of Denmark to reproduce their old chronicles, sagas, and ballads and, by dwelling on the glories of the past, to kindle bright hopes of the future... Continue reading book >>




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