Curious Myths of the Middle Ages
Cosimo, Inc., 1 okt. 2007 - 388 pagina's
Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, first published in 1866, is a collection of 24 of the most commonly held superstitions of the Medieval era. For each story, Baring-Gould presents his research into the history and possible inspiration for the myth. Included among these familiar tales are: . The Wandering Jew, the story of the Jewish shoemaker who is doomed to wander the Earth until the Second Coming . William Tell, the Swiss hero who shot an apple off his son's head . Saint George, a Christian who suffered seven torturous deaths only to be revived each time, healthy and unhurt . The Fortunate Isles, also known as Atlantis; this myth posits the existence of a magical land in the west where paradise awaits. English hagiographer and scholar SABINE BARING-GOULD (1834-1924) published a book of English folk songs entitled Songs of the West in 1889 and wrote many hymns, including "Onward, Christian Soldiers."
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Rudolph Botoreus says under this date: "I fear lest I be accused of giving ear to
old wives' fables, if I insert in these pages what is reported all over Europe of the
Jew, coeval with the Saviour Christ; however, nothing is more common, and our ...
But before proceeding with the history of this strange fable, it will be well to
extract the different accounts given of the Priest-King and his realm by early
writers; and we shall then be better able to judge of the influence the myth
obtained in ...
... it fell, leaving scarce a fragment behind. Rubruquis the Franciscan, who in
1253 was sent on a mission into Tartary, was the first to let in a little light on the
fable. He writes, "The Catai dwelt beyond certain mountains across which I
... representation, that the seven may have suffered under Decius, a.d. 250, and
have been buried in the afore-mentioned cave; whilst the discovery and
translation of their relics under Theodosius, in 479, may have given rise to the
... sometimes disposed to ask with Pilate, "What is truth?" when he finds historical
facts crumbling beneath his touch into mythological fables; and he soon leams to
doubt and question the most emphatic declarations of, and claims to, reliability.
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing
Baring-Gould covers an interesting array of topics, from well-known subjects like the Pied Piper of Hamelin and William Tell, to obscure subjects like the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and Bishop Hatto ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - D.ElaineCalderin - LibraryThing
A must read for students of folklore and mythology and a must have reference book for modern fantasy fiction authors. Hard to find mythos in an easy to read and easy to follow volume. Intriguing. Volledige review lezen