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Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George (Myths and Legends #2)

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From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A Game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favorite in the fantasy genre.

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in European folklore and mythology. Often serving as a stand-in for Satan, or the power of evil gods, dragons spread death and
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dragonslayers is part of the Myths and Legends series. The book is beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to look at. It covers all the different dragonslayers from early history onwards with chapters focusing on ancient dragonslayers, Norse dragonslayers, Holy dragonslayers, Medieval dragonslayers, and dragonslayers from around the world.

I loved looking at this book. The pictures were fascinating and I was amazed at all the different dragonslayer stories from around the world.

The book would ap
Jamie Gibbs
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dragonslayers has continued the trend started by Jason and the Argonauts in providing a highly accessible and succinctly written collection of mythological tales that serve as a fantastic entry point into the topic without scaring away non-academics. Short but brilliant.

Read the full review at Mithril Wisdom.
Joe Collins
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gaming, history-other
Like the other books in this series, the author examines the legends and the source materials. This one is a wealth of different legends of dragon slayers through different periods of history and cultures.
Juan Gallardo Ivanovic
A brief story of the Dragonslayer topic. It is easy and straight forward but it could deliver a bit more.
Good research about the main legends but need to add more into the truly origins of the dragons.
Jessica Strider
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pros: interesting stories, historical grounding and commentary, gorgeous illustrations, necessary warnings with regards to reading historical documents and dealing with non-European stories about dragons

Cons: too short!

Myths and Legends is a new series by Osprey Publishing. If you've never heard of them, they publish a lot of short, detailed military history series: Men at Arms, Fortress, Campaigns, etc. Each volume is a crash course in a very specific aspect of history: Byzantine Imperial Guard
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been fascinated by dragons and have eagerly devoured any fantasy stories with them in. So this book really is the perfect book for a dragon lover like me. It explores in depth the myths and legends surrounding the beasts and their evolution throughout the ages in regards to their appearance and behaviour. It is an easy and quick read full to the brim with background stories and concise information. Each section also tells briefly the story of the particular Dragonslayer and his foe. ...more
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine. This review was written by David Gibson for Dark Matter Zine.

Dragonslayers is the second book in the Myths and Legends series which aims to explore ancient myths in which heroes battled monstrous beasts we call Dragons.

Dragonslayers gives a good first impression with an excellent front cover. The cover maintains the design of the Myths and Legends series, getting straight to my heart
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Osprey's new myths and legends series is off to a strong start. Dragonslayers is a great overview of legendary killers of dragons, some well known and some obscure. Thankfully, it focuses on the social, literary and religious context rather than delving into pseudoscience surrounding dragons - as the History Channel might.

I was initially slightly disappointed by the focus on Europe and the Near East. However, dragons in East Asian legends are much different beast than their western counterparts
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just a fun easy read including a number of legends about dragonslayers; great introduction to this important study. And helped me learn a lot about medieval and Slavic heroes with whom I had been unfamiliar. Hadn't known that Slavic dragons tended to have three heads while some Christian dragon slayers used sharp-edged armor to tear into flesh of dragons who would attempt to coil around their pursuers. . .
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated and written, this is a book for dragon fanatics and legend-lovers everywhere. This is a book I will keep!
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Not sure what I was looking for in this book, but I was looking for more. It was a collection of myths with a bit of scholarship--not nearly enough--and a combination of historical and modern art.
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