Bulfinch's Mythology: Includes The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry & Legends of Charlemagne

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 11, 1998 - Literary Collections - 896 pages
For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.

The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood.

The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."
 

Contents

Preface
3
Introduction
7
Prometheus and Pandora
16
Apollo and DaphnePyramus and Thisbe Cephalus and Procris
23
Juno and Her Rivals Io and CallistoDiana and ActæonLatona and the Rustics
31
V
40
Phaëton
41
MidasBaucis and Philemon
47
The Story of Perceval
451
The Quest of the Sangreal
458
The End of the Quest
467
Sir Agrivains Treason
479
Morte dArthur
486
PART II
495
The Britons
497
The Lady of the Fountain
501

ProserpineGlaucus and Scylla
52
PygmalionDryopeVenus and AdonisApollo and Hyacinthus
61
Ceyx and Halcyone
67
Vertumnus and Pomona
73
Cupid and Psyche vii ix
77
Cadmus The Myrmidons
87
Nisus and ScyllaEcho and NarcissusClytie Hero and Leander
93
MinervaNiobe
101
The Grææ and GorgonsPerseus and Medusa AtlasAndromeda
109
GiantsSphinxPegasus and ChimæraCentaursPygmiesGriffin
115
The Golden FleeceMedea and Æson
122
Orpheus and EurydiceAristæusAmphion
173
ArionIbycusSimonidesSappho
182
The Trojan War
196
The Fall of TroyReturn of the Greeks
210
Adventures of UlyssesThe LotusEaters
219
The PhæaciansFate of the Suitors
228
Adventures of ÆneasThe HarpiesDido
238
The Infernal regionsThe Sibyl
245
CamillaEvanderNisus
253
PythagorasEgyptian DeitiesOracles
264
Origin of MythologyStatues of Gods
276
3
277
Modern MonstersThe PhoenixBasilisk
286
Eastern MythologyZoroasterHindu Myth
293
Northern MythologyValhallaThe Valkyrior
302
Thors Visit to Jotunheim
309
The Death of BaldurThe ElvesRunic Letters SkaldsIceland
315
The DruidsIona
322
Beowulf
329
7
333
16
334
Index
335
31
338
77
340
122
341
THE AGE OF CHIVALRY
343
PART I
345
Introduction
349
The Mythical History of England
361
Arthur
370
Cardoc Briefbas
392
Sir Gawain
398
Launcelot of the Lake
402
The Story of LauncelotThe Adventure of the Cart
411
The Story of LauncelotThe Lady of Shalott
418
The Story of LauncelotQueen Guenevers Peril
423
The Story of Tristram of Lyonesse
426
Tristram and Isoude
433
The Story of Sir Tristram of Lyonesse
439
End of the Story of Sir Tristram of Lyonesse
445
The Lady of the Fountain continued
506
The Lady of the Fountain continued
512
Geraint the Son of Erbin
518
Geraint the Son of Erbin continued
526
Geraint the Son of Erbin continued
533
Pwyll Prince of Dyved
541
Branwen the Daughter of Llyr
546
Manawyddan
553
Kilwich and Olwen
562
Kilwich and Olwen continued
571
Peredur the Son of Evrawc
577
Taliesin
584
PART III
591
King Richard and the Third Crusade
593
Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest
612
Robin Hood and His Adventures
621
Chevy Chase
628
The Battle of Otterbourne
636
Edward the Black Prince
644
Index
661
LEGENDS OF CHARLEMAGNE
665
Preface
667
Introduction
669
The Peers or Paladins
676
The Tournament
683
The Siege of Albracca
690
Adventures of Rinaldo and Orlando
699
The Invasion of France
707
The Invasion of France continued
715
Bradamante and Rogero
723
Astolpho and the Enchantress
731
The Orc
740
Astolphos Adventures Continued and Isabellas Begun
746
Medoro
751
Orlando Mad
757
Zerbino and Isabella
764
Astolpho in Abyssinia
771
The War in Africa
777
Rogero and Bradamante
787
The Battle of Roncesvalles
797
Rinaldo and Bayard
808
Death of Rinaldo
812
Huon of Bordeaux
817
Huon of Bordeaux continued
823
Huon of Bordeaux continued
831
Ogier the Dane
837
Ogier the Dane continued
844
Ogier the Dane continued
849
Index
859
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Thomas Bulfinch (1796–1867) was an American writer, Latinist, and banker who wrote and collected the first popular English-language retellings of Greek, Roman, Eastern, Scandinavian, Arthurian, and medieval myths in his famous three-volume compilation, Bulfinch’s Mythology"Without a knowledge of mythology," he wrote, "much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood or appreciated." He added: "We trust our young readers will find it a source of entertainment," and his trust seems to have been justified, judging from the many generations who have found his books an enthralling and loving introduction to the worlds of classical and medieval myth and legend.

Alberto Manguel is an internationally acclaimed anthologist, translator, editor, and bestselling writer of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Canada in 1982, and now lives in France, where he has been named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

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