Romance and Legend of Chivalry (Myths and Legends Series)
Fearless and loyal, honorable and courteous, the ideal knight of the Middle Ages was a model for six centuries of European noblemen. At first his deeds were celebrated in verse by the minstrels who entertained the courts of kings. Later they formed the subject of prose romances. Even when the chivalric code had fallen into decay, the stories lived on to inspire new interpr...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 28th 1994 by Senate
(first published 1913)
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I read these stories aloud to my family on the way to church. I'm not sure whether tales of knights and ladies, strange giants who could put their heads back on after they were chopped off, and nasty magicians were necessarily always the best preparation for worship, but the kids loved them. (And hey, there were some about great piety in there...granted, those sometimes involved slaying the impious saracens....)
Facinating. Picked this up at the library. the first half is mostly academic. Picture an academic of 1913 looking back at the age of chivalry through the lens of its time. And then he starts to analyse Cervantes. The layers! The second half is a collection of period "romances", yes, a bit prettied up, mostly just made readable, (at least that's the author's claim). Very enjoyable read.
Aug 14, 2009 Nikki rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A little collection of stories focusing on romance/chivalry. A lot of stuff I knew already, of course: it's more instructive for people who don't focus on medieval literature at university, I think.