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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... "a certain Archbishop of Armenia Major came on a pilgrimage to England to
see the relics of the saints, and visit the sacred places in the kingdom, as he had
done in others; he also produced letters of recommendation from his Holiness the
Hadst thou seen, as I have, how heavy and bitter were the pangs and wounds of
thy Lord, endured for thee and for me, thou wouldest rather undergo great pain
thyself than thus take His sacred name in vain!' "Such is the account given to me
... of the Prisons ordered that the discovery of murders should be made by means
of divining rods used in Church. These rods should be laid before the altar, and
on the sacred relics, after which God was to be supplicated to indicate the culprit.
He went to another gate, and there he beheld the same sacred sign; and so he
observed it over each gate of the city. He believed that he was suffering from the
effects of a dream. Then he entered Ephesus, rubbing his eyes, and he walked to
When Constantinople fell into the hands of the Turks, a priest was celebrating the
sacred mysteries at the great silver altar of S, Sophia. The celebrant cried to God
to protect the sacred host from profanation. Then the wall opened, and he ...
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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