Offering nine brilliant readings of the great myths of the world, from Beowulf to The Cid, this is the first collection to compare national heroes at a time when their cultures were emerging from barbarism into civilization, demonstrating how their reverberations have deeply affected the ideals of the nations from which they came.
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