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The Age of Chivalry (Bulfinch's Medieval Mythology)

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This masterpiece of history and fable recounts the timeless tales of Arthur and the Round Table, and discusses the historical events and the worldview of the civilization that created them.
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Bulfinch, Thomas
Bulfinch's Mythology

In compilation only.

1) Introduction
2) The Mythical History of England
3) Merlin
4) Arthur
5) Arthur (continued)
6) Sir Gawain
7) Caradoc Briefbras; or, Caradoc with the Shrunken Arm
8) Lancelot of the Lake
9) The Adventure of the Cart
10) The Lady of Shalott
11) Queen Guenever's Peril
12) Tristram and Isoude
13) Tristram and Isoude (continued)
14) Sir Tristram's Battle with Sir Lancelot
15) The Round Table
16) Sir Palamedes
17) Sir Tristram
18) Perceval
19) The Sangreal, or Ho
Sep 05, 2012 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, to be fair i am not much of a King Arthur type of guy so maybe this book wasn't for me to begin with, but with that said, I found the writing boring, the stories a little hard to follow, and the magic of the the legend not even there. I did learn a few things about King Arthur and the Round Table but wasn't much impressed with Bulfinch's description of it. I know this book is a holy grail (pun intended) to chivalry lovers but i don't think this book is for much anybody else.
Aug 08, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mythology
This edition included a third section on "The Knights of English History" by Edward Everett Hale, added 17 years after Bullfinch's death. There was also a short into by Beryl Rowland. The two parts by Bullfinch were about King Arthur and his men, Tristam and Isolde and the quest for the Holy Grail (or Sangreal); and tales from the Mabinogeon, "tales" in Welsh.

I found the latter section to be the most fascinating, because the characters within were so human and humorous. The tale of Owain's roman
Andre Piucci
Jan 05, 2016 Andre Piucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Arthur's pretensions were that he was a brave, though not always a successful warrior; he had withstood with great resolution the arms of the infidels, that is to say of the Saxons, and his memory was held in the highest estimation by his countrymen, the Britons, who carried with them into Wales, and into the kindred country of Armorica, or Brittany, the memory of his exploits, which their national vanity insensibly exaggerated, till the little prince of the Silures (South Wales) was magnified ...more
Jose Vidal
Mar 15, 2015 Jose Vidal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
Introucción muy literaria, y a menudo demasiado decimonónica, a las leyendas artúricas, la canción de Roland,...
Took me a long time to read this. The first section was rough with all of the battles. But I rather enjoyed reading about Charlemagne. Most of those stories were not like I expected them to be.

Also the stories of Robin Hood were rather raw and completely full of battles, more so than expected.
Nov 06, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I didn't finish reading it--it's too dry. It's a good reference book and it could be helpful if you needed to brush up on any Arthurian stories, but it's just so boring that it doesn't matter how many times you re-read a passage, you can be sure to fall asleep.
Nov 07, 2008 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celtic, mythology
Dry, no excitement. Not a big fan of Bullfinch. However, it is concise and gives the information on the myths.
Depending on what you are looking for, an interesting read or information, will determine whether or not you like it.
Jul 10, 2007 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictional, non-fic
interesting, although a bit crusty at times. i couldn't keep track of who was doing what, as various persons were presented in something of a blur. but i like reading on knights and chivalry and machismo.
Mike (the Paladin)
Again, not the edition I have.

Good read. Nice introduction to the ledgends of Arthur and the age of chivalry. Especially for young readers this is good.
Julie Unruh
It gives you theories, myth's, or the truth, what ever you believe. Got great names from that book for the character's in my stories.
Enjoying this because it is bringing me "up to speed" on English mythology and such. My eyes are being opened. :)
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