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The Age of Chivalry
Thomas Bulfinch
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The Age of Chivalry

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  875 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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.
Published December 1st 1965 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published 1858)
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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
Mitsu Mightous
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I think about Bulfinch the more I like him. His writing is an excellent introduction to anybody who is interested in learning archaic lexicon and syntax.

Each chapter is short and sweat. They are never too long, and if I may add, I think this book is a great casual read. It's good to pick up and read from every once and a while; maybe just to get your mind thinking in a higher level English for a while, after having read countless Facebook posts... bereft of grammar and thought--I digres
Jun 19, 2012 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.
Signor Mambrino
There are two versions of Age of Chivalry. One ends with a shorter section on the heroes of England and Ireland, and the other ends with a section on King Richard and Chevy Chase. The latter is very boring.
The earlier sections in both are the same. They are OK.
I am very happy to be finished with Bulfinch.
Jul 08, 2010 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
Dec 11, 2015 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
Sep 25, 2009 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.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a bit disappointed in this book as I had imagined a proper novel about king Arthur but instead the book was very historical and descriptive and I did not quite like the way merlin was portrayed in this book!!
Jul 10, 2007 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.
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.
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