Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine” as Want to Read:
The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  21 reviews

From Robert Bly, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Iron John, and famed Jungian analyst Marion Woodman comes an interpretation of a primordial folktale that takes the message behind Iron John to its next phase: the reunion of masculine and feminine. Bly and Woodman interpret the archetypal symbols embedded in an ancient Russian story, The Maiden King, a tale woven of
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Owl Books (first published 1998)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  193 ratings  ·  21 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine
I think that that is an extremely important read for anyone who's looking to expand their folklore knowledge and their understanding of the interplay between myths and the journey of the soul. My only hesitation in widely recommending the book is the strong reliance on using Princess Diana as a case study. It's not necessarily that I disagree with Woodman's assessment, but it felt really dated to me. Not just in a "it happened twenty years ago" kind of way, but in a "this isn't going to stand th ...more
I don’t think this book is particularly accessible without a strong grasp of the premises of jungian psychology and archetypes. It is also firmly rooted in the cultural context of the late 1990s (it feels like a quarter of the book is spent discussing the death of Princess Diana). I was also disappointed with its fundamental commitment to a strict gender binary, even as it purported to not be. Despite this, there were moments that I found very compelling.
Edwina Callan
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, bookcrossing, 2017
What a crock-o-crap!
If it is truly possible to die from boredom then I'm lucky to still be alive.
Rebecca Augustine
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was great reading as well as great analysis! It tied in a timely folktale -- as it happened from old Russia -- although it could have been from ANY part of the globe! Marion Woodman and Robert Bly, two Jungian analysts gave their deep-rooted points of view. One thing to remember about Jung is that he dealt with DREAMS. In dreams, one is EVERY character. If a seemingly sinister "villain" turns up, the dreamer is the villain as well as the hero/heroine, rescuer, and wise person (sage).

In any
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both the authors are eccentric in their field.
Robert was simply awesome, he is well known for his humorous writing and in-depth interpretation of fairy tales and mythology.
The first part belonged to him and he was enterprising with poems. a lovely journey to finish..
The second is Marion Woodman was tough to read, she was good at bringing present day characters like Diane, Princess of Wales to interpret the 'The Maiden king' tale
Nice journey, as if reading two books of the same topic and very en
May 27, 2020 added it
I found this book an interesting journey of discovery of our journey with the Feminine and Masculine energies we are all born with. Much of that understanding is lost in not knowing or telling of our stories...
I did a lot of work around the Masculine & Feminine in the early 2000's so much of this did ring true for me...
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the first haft of the book. The second half, not so much.
Jen Bracken-Hull
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
What I liked I REALLY liked. Dismissed the rest.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth, scavenged, therapy, women
I really wanted to like this. I'm a huge fan of Marion Woodman (why isn't she listed as co-author, Goodreads?) and Robert Bly is certainly a brilliant and interesting man. But there is so much wrong with this book. It's based on a workshop they co-facilitated together to bring the genders "back in touch with each other." Yet, they split the book up - with Bly writing the first half and Woodman finishing it. Bly's writing is dry, stilted and boring (surprising!) and Woodman's writing, while havin ...more
James M. Madsen, M.D.
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is actually based on a workshop conducted jointly by eminent authors Robert Bly and Marion Woodman, and their humanity and expressiveness come across even more effectively in the filmed version (which I have seen but unfortunately no longer have) of the workshop. Bly and Woodman are famous for their interests in the men's and women's movements in psychology, and this workshop focuses on possible interpretations, from each point of view and from a Jungian background, of the folk tale "T ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
So much wisdom in this book and so much that I don't much mystery...maybe best not trying to understand that.

I'm going to trust that what I've got from it in this first read is what I've got the capacity for now and the same the next time and next after that.

It was first published in the UK in 1999 and it seems to me that as I read it now in 2013 in so many ways we're no further forward in the reunion of masculine and feminine as we were then, but maybe that's my projected curren
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Actually, I wish I could split my review in half in the same manner that the book is split in half by the two authors. I would give Bly two stars and Woodman five. Her interpretations of the masculine and feminine energies that we all possess (as explained through the dissemination of a Russian folktale) are fascinating. And her marvelously poetic Jungian language is mesmerizing.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly preceptive interpretation of this Fairy Tale by Woodman. So very helpful and very healing. Helps exquisitely show the deep pain of the masculine and feminine and that struggle we have until these two archetypes come into union and their contents can be brought to light.
Interessante discussie tussen twee (archetypische) psychologen over wat nu 'vrouwelijk' of 'mannelijk' is. En dat de held van zijn 'mannelijkheid' moet worden gered. Voor mij interessant vanwege Heldinne's Reis.
AJ Paris
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I really loved Robert Bly's portion of the book, but couldn't get through Marion W's portion. No matter--Bly's portion is so brilliant, it's worth it. Really a must read for every writer I think.
Sep 29, 2010 added it
I have met both Robert Bly and Marion Woodman in intimate workshop settings. This was before he wrote Iron John and was primarily a poet and performance artist. Marion Woodman is one of my favorite writers, and she is a delightful person.
Hope to purchase this and read soon.
Maureen Rue
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting reading the interpretation of the Russian folk tale from two perspectives. Of course, I enjoyed the woman's perspective more!
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: existential
A most excellent exploration of archetypes within a single myth.
The concept of this book is great, especially with the dual authorship. I tried reading it a couple of times and found some of it fascinating, but ultimately, I didn't get drawn in. Pity.
Jean E.
rated it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Feb 04, 2016
rated it really liked it
Mar 03, 2014
Earon Davis
rated it it was amazing
Jul 11, 2020
Jeffrey Bennett
rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2020
Stephen Gerringer
rated it it was amazing
Nov 02, 2016
Kevin Orth
rated it it was amazing
Nov 07, 2013
rated it really liked it
May 01, 2008
rated it liked it
Dec 05, 2009
rated it liked it
Mar 30, 2020
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The 24-Hour Turn-Around: Discovering the Power to Change
  • Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written
  • Fast Exercise: The Simple Secret of High Intensity Training: Get Fitter, Stronger and Better Toned in Just a Few Minutes a Day
  • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
  • Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
  • Adam: God's Beloved
  • The Holy Bible: English Standard Version
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
  • Auraria
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  • Citizen Canine
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Critical Care Examination Review Updated 4th Edition: Over 1,200 Questions & Answer Rationales!
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
  • The Trust Manifesto: What you Need to do to Create a Better Internet
  • The Void: Inner Spaciousness and Ego Structure
See similar books…
Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. After one year at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he transferred to Harvard and thereby joined the famous group of writers who were undergraduates at that time, which i

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
22 likes · 20 comments