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Charlemagne and the Paladins

(Myths and Legends)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  9 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 Romans ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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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 o
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 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 abo
Declan Waters
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, myth
I know little about the stories of Charlemagne, and very little about his Paladins, as I have closer ties with the stories of Arthur & Merlin.

However this book provides a good basis for understanding some of the stories, and the links to Roland (who I don't think I've heard of before), and the making of an empire.

All very intersting, well presented, and very pretty pictures and paintings. Well worth a read.
Daniel Rodriguez
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Some few things are suspect, such as saying the Magyars hit Paris, or that the HRE started in 1271, or that the Lombard Iron Crown'continues to be used' in Italy; and a few other suspect claims regarding history. However, the mythology is, like the other works in this series, fun to read and easy to understand; the original artwork is also splendid still.
Wayne McCoy
May 29, 2014 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.
Aug 21, 2014 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
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.

Net Galley Feedback
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hist-bio
very abbreviated
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