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Charlemagne and the Paladins (Myths and Legends #10)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Symbolically, the quintessential English feudal monarch is King Arthur, but stories of Charlemagne and his Knights' quests throughout Christian Europe had a much wider impact. Amidst the chaos and violence of Europe in the eighth century, Charlemagne became king of the Franks and slowly established an empire the likes of which had not been seen since the days of the ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Chris
May 28, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: ARC courtesy Netgalley and Osprey publishing. Also the book is illustrated but the ARC did not include all the illustrations. What illustrations there were great, but since not all were present I won’t be mentioning the illustrations in the review below.

My favorite Charlemagne stories are, without a doubt, the Italian Romances that feature the woman paladin Bradamante. There is also an adult level of humor in these translations. This volume in Osprey’s excellent series of Myths and
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Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Charlemagne & the Paladins is another in the generally excellent MYTHS AND LEGENDS series from Osprey Publishing, this one written by Julia Cresswell and illustrated by Miguel Coimbra. Charlemagne & the Paladins displays the usual strengths of the series: a nicely condensed version of the story, informative sidebars, an easy to read style, and a good collection of complementary artwork.

The introduction begins by describing the wide geographic and cultural reach of stories about Charlemag
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Wayne McCoy
Dec 07, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
'Charlemagne and the Paladins' is another great entry in the Osprey Myths and Legends collection. This time around a subject is tackled that seems to have fallen out of favor.

I was always more of a King Arthur and Robin Hood fan, so was much less familiar with the tales of Charlemagne. The reasons for that are explained, but it's not because the stories aren't as fantastical. Charlemagne was a historical figure, but there are many fictional stories about Charlemagne and his paladins. The most fa
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Theresa
Dec 21, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Charlemagne and the Paladins (Myths and Legends #10)
by Julia Cresswell

Looking at the diverse legend of Charlemagne, the first ruler to unite the area that will become Europe, how his story has grown over the centuries. His history is only known in poetry and verse from generations after his life. Like Arthurian legends Charlemagne and his companions the Paladins have been taken by many authors given little changes to the stories and the characters.
This book looks into the stories comparing them
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Tabby Shiflett
3.25 Stars
A condensed beginner's guide to Charlemagne and his Paladins that includes both history and legend as well as how the myths changed over time. There's some nice artwork and the author includes a bibliography.

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