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Legends of the Middle Ages Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art   By: (1859-1929)

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Legends of the Middle Ages Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art by Hélène A. Guerber is a comprehensive and captivating exploration of the medieval world. This book delves into the rich tapestry of legends, myths, and stories that defined this important historical era.

Guerber's writing style is both informative and engaging, making it accessible to readers with varying levels of knowledge on the subject. The book is structured in a way that allows readers to navigate easily through different topics, making it an excellent reference guide for students, scholars, or anyone with an interest in medieval history.

Through the pages of this book, Guerber transports readers to a time when chivalry, knights, and epic battles were the norm. The author brings these legends to life, drawing from both written sources and art, which adds an extra layer of authenticity to the narratives. Guerber's attention to detail is commendable, as she not only narrates the legends but also goes on to explain their historical context and significance.

Furthermore, the book is beautifully accompanied by numerous illustrations, showcasing the creative interpretations of these legends by various artists throughout history. This visual representation adds depth and intrigue to the stories, making it a visually stunning and engaging read.

What sets this book apart from others on the subject is the author's ability to make the legends relatable and relevant to modern readers. Guerber skillfully infuses her narrative with insights and comparisons to contemporary culture, making the past come alive in a way that resonates with today's audience.

However, there were moments where the book could have benefited from a more concise approach. Some of the narratives tend to linger on less well-known legends, occasionally diminishing the overall flow of the book. Additionally, while the inclusion of artwork is beneficial, a few more detailed descriptions would have enhanced the reading experience, especially for those unfamiliar with the art in question.

Overall, Legends of the Middle Ages Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in exploring the enchanting world of medieval legends. Hélène A. Guerber's ability to blend storytelling, historical accuracy, and visual artistry provide readers with a captivating and educational journey through the myths and folklore of the Middle Ages.

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"Saddle the Hippogriffs, ye Muses nine, And straight we'll ride to the land of old Romance" WIELAND



"Men lykyn jestis for to here, And romans rede in diuers manere

"Of Brute that baron bold of hond, The first conqueroure of Englond; Of kyng Artour that was so riche, Was non in his tyme him liche.

"How kyng Charlis and Rowlond fawght With sarzyns nold they be cawght; Of Tristrem and of Ysoude the swete, How they with love first gan mete;

"Stories of diuerce thynggis, Of pryncis, prelatis, and of kynggis; Many songgis of diuers ryme, As english, frensh, and latyne." Curser Mundi .


The object of this work is to familiarize young students with the legends which form the staple of mediaeval literature.

While they may owe more than is apparent at first sight to the classical writings of the palmy days of Greece and Rome, these legends are very characteristic of the people who told them, and they are the best exponents of the customs, manners, and beliefs of the time to which they belong... Continue reading book >>

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