Medieval Myths Legends and Songs

Using examples from all over the medieval world, this lovely book shows how myths and legends influenced people's lives, and how these stories were immortalized through oral story-telling, in music, and in crafts.

Author: Donna Trembinski

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778713593

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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In the Middle Ages, stories were told to entertain, distract, and teach. Myths and stories were woven into tapestries, preached in church sermons, and sung at feasts. Using examples from all over the medieval world, this lovely book shows how myths and legends influenced people's lives, and how these stories were immortalized through oral story-telling, in music, and in crafts.

Medieval Myths

Compares national heroes of a time when their cultures were emerging from barbarism into civilization.

Author: Norma Lorre Goodrich

Publisher: Plume

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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Compares national heroes of a time when their cultures were emerging from barbarism into civilization.

Mythology in the Middle Ages

An examination of the greatest heroes of medieval literature looks at a variety of themes and motifs to discover common threads in medieval mythic, legendary, and folkloric traditions.

Author: Christopher R. Fee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0275984060

Category: History

Page: 281

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An examination of the greatest heroes of medieval literature looks at a variety of themes and motifs to discover common threads in medieval mythic, legendary, and folkloric traditions.

The Myth of Nations

Dismantling nationalist myths about how the nations of Europe were born, this text contrasts them with the actual history of Europe's transformation between the fourth and ninth centuries - the period of grand migrations that nationalists ...

Author: Patrick J. Geary

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691114811

Category: History

Page: 199

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Dismantling nationalist myths about how the nations of Europe were born, this text contrasts them with the actual history of Europe's transformation between the fourth and ninth centuries - the period of grand migrations that nationalists hold dear.

Myths and Magic in the Medieval Far North

The essays in this volume engage closely with these stories, questioning how and why such traditions developed, and exploring their meaning.

Author: Stefan Figenschow

Publisher:

ISBN: 9782503588230

Category:

Page: 280

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The history of the Far North is tinged by dark fantasies. A remote location, harsh climate, a boundless and often mountainous wasteland, complex ethnic composition, and strange ways of life: all contributed to how the edge of Europe was misunderstood by outsiders. Since ancient times, the North has been considered as a place that exuded evil: it was the end of the world, the abode of monsters and supernatural beings, of magicians and sorcerers. It was Europe's last bastion of recalcitrant paganism. Many weird tales of the North even came from within the region itself, and when newly literate Scandinavians began to re-work their oral traditions into written form after 1100 AD, these myths of their past underlay newer legends and stories serving to support the development to Christian national monarchies. The essays in this volume engage closely with these stories, questioning how and why such traditions developed, and exploring their meaning. Through this approach, the volume also examines how historiographical traditions were shaped by authors pursuing agendas of nation-building and Christianization, at the same time that myths surrounding and originating among the multi-ethnic populations of the Far North continued to dominate the perception of the region and its people, and to define their place in Norwegian medieval history.

Classical Myths and Legends in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

While numerous classical dictionaries identify the figures and tales of Greek and Roman mythology, this reference book explains the allegorical significance attached to the myths by Medieval and Renaissance authors.

Author: H. David Brumble

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136797386

Category: History

Page: 420

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While numerous classical dictionaries identify the figures and tales of Greek and Roman mythology, this reference book explains the allegorical significance attached to the myths by Medieval and Renaissance authors. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries for the gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and places of classical myth and legend. Each entry includes a brief account of the myth, with reference to the Greek and Latin sources. The entry then discusses how Medieval and Renaissance commentators interpreted the myth, and how poets, dramatists, and artists employed the allegory in their art. Each entry includes a bibliography and the volume concludes with appendices and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Islands and Cities in Medieval Myth Literature and History

"The studies presented in this book derive from a series of sessions held at the annual International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK...Four sessions, held from 2004 to 2006, bore the title 'Islands of the World and the Seven Seas in ...

Author: Andrea Grafetstätter

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631611654

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 190

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"The studies presented in this book derive from a series of sessions held at the annual International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK...Four sessions, held from 2004 to 2006, bore the title 'Islands of the World and the Seven Seas in Medieval Myth and History', and three in 2007 the title 'Cities, Myths and Literatures'...The stated objective of the island sessions was the location of a 'starting point for a new investigation into the possible impact that myths and other fictitious stories about insular wonderlands had on the reasons why medieval men and women undertook their various missions, searches and explorations that finally led to the discovery of the New World.' Similarly, the cities sessions 'intended to find new connections between ancient myths and medieval constructions of real or imagined cities in literature'."--editors' pref. p.7

The Myths of Love

This study seeks to define the medieval literary conventions governing allusions to certain Ovidian and Virgilian tales of love in the works of Boccaccio, Machaut, Froissart, and Chaucer.

Author: Katherine Heinrichs

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271006895

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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This study seeks to define the medieval literary conventions governing allusions to certain Ovidian and Virgilian tales of love in the works of Boccaccio, Machaut, Froissart, and Chaucer. Using evidence from the Latin mythographers, it addresses several much-debated critical issues in medieval scholarship: questions of narrative voice, thematic unity, and purpose. Its principal contribution is to the discussion and evaluation of the French and Italian poems of love to which Chaucer was most heavily indebted. The author suggests that the love poems of Boccaccio, Machaut, and Froissart, rather than being ponderous didactic productions designed to instruct medieval audiences in the art of love, are true progeny of the Roman de la Rose,complex jeux d'esprit much closer in spirit and intention to the works of Chaucer than has been supposed.

Bulfinch s Medieval Mythology

This collection includes tales from Camelot, dramatic narratives from The Mabinogion, and stories of the noble warriors of English history.

Author: Thomas Bulfinch

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486826791

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Here, in a dazzling panoply, are the legendary figures from the age of chivalry: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Richard the Lionhearted and his crusaders, and a host of other famous and lesser-known characters. This collection includes tales from Camelot, dramatic narratives from The Mabinogion, and stories of the noble warriors of English history. Bulfinch's skillful storytelling not only relates these ancient myths and legends but also discusses their roles in literature and art, with numerous allusions to poetry and paintings. Generations of children and adults have thrilled to these timeless tales, and young readers can find no better introduction to the enchantment of medieval myths and legends.

Myths Saints and Legends in Medieval India

These are complemented with material from local oral traditions and personal observation of festivals and rituals, which in their turn supplement and echo, but also correct, the textual and iconographic information.

Author: Charlotte Vaudeville

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 334

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Chiefly, on the cult of Krishna, Hindu deity.

Medieval Myths Berta of Hungary Ed by New American Library of World Literature

Author: Norma Lorre Goodrich

Publisher:

ISBN:

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Page: 24

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Conversing with Angels and Ancients

These texts, written in both Latin and Irish, constitute an adventurous and productive experiment in staging confrontations between the written and the spoken, the Christian and the pagan.

Author: Joseph Falaky Nagy

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501729055

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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How does a written literature come into being within an oral culture, and how does such a literature achieve and maintain its authority? Joseph Falaky Nagy addresses those issues in his wide-ranging reading of the medieval literature of Ireland, from the writings of St. Patrick to the epic tales about the warrior Cú Chulainn. These texts, written in both Latin and Irish, constitute an adventurous and productive experiment in staging confrontations between the written and the spoken, the Christian and the pagan. The early Irish literati, primarily clerics living within a monastic milieu, produced literature that included saints' lives, heroic sagas, law tracts, and other genres. They sought to invest their literature with an authority different from that of the traditions from which they borrowed, native and foreign. To achieve this goal, they cast many of their texts as the outcome of momentous dialogues between saints and angelic messengers or remarkable interviews with the dead, who could reveal some insight from the past that needed to be rediscovered by forgetful contemporaries. Conversing with angels and ancients, medieval Irish writers boldly inscribed their visions of the past onto the new Christian order and its literature. Nagy includes portions of the original Latin and Irish texts that are not readily available to scholars, along with full translations.

The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender

... Annual, was a direct response to the imposition of ghettos in Germanoccupied
Poland.23 Through her balanced historical study, Oelsner countered the myths
that the Nazis “exploited to give a historical background to their criminal deeds.

Author: Julie L. Mell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137397780

Category: History

Page: 336

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This book challenges a common historical narrative, which portrays medieval Jews as moneylenders who filled an essential economic role in Europe. It traces how and why this narrative was constructed as a philosemitic narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in response to the rise of political antisemitism. This book also documents why it is a myth for medieval Europe, and illuminates how changes in Jewish history change our understanding of European history. Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of central topics, such as the usury debate, commercial contracts, and moral literature on money and value to demonstrate how the revision of Jewish history leads to new insights in European history.

Medieval Myths Robin Hood

Man or Myth Steve Simmons. 2014 Somerville Manor LLC copyright Simmons,
Steve Medieval Myths Robin Hood Man or Myth An educational exploration of the
medieval myth. Written and edited by The oldest written reference to Robin Hood
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Author: Steve Simmons

Publisher: Steve Simmons

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 23

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This is an educational publication about Robin Hood for use with students. It includes study questions and an answer key.

The Wild Man

Author: Timothy Husband

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0870992546

Category: Art, Medieval

Page: 220

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Chaucer s Use of Classical Mythology

Author: Leah Zeva Freiwald

Publisher:

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Page: 484

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Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

was that Athens had nothing to do with Jerusalem (see Myth 1). Since only
Jerusalem mattered, no one bothered with Athens (or Alexandria). In the more
active form of the myth, the medieval church takes specific steps to curtail
scientific ...

Author: Ronald L. Numbers

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674057414

Category: Science

Page: 320

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If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald L. Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths. Until about the 1970s, the dominant narrative in the history of science had long been that of science triumphant, and science at war with religion. But a new generation of historians both of science and of the church began to examine episodes in the history of science and religion through the values and knowledge of the actors themselves. Now Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” The picture of science and religion at each other’s throats persists in mainstream media and scholarly journals, but each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

Islands in the West

Taking the mythologization of the Viking Age discovery of North America in the earliest extant account of Vinland ('Wine-Land') and the Norse transmarine otherworlds of Hvitramannaland ('The Land of White Men') and the ...

Author: Matthias Egeler

Publisher: Medieval Voyaging

ISBN: 9782503569383

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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This monograph traces the history of one of the most prominent types of geographical myths of the North-West Atlantic Ocean: transmarine otherworlds of blessedness and immortality. Taking the mythologization of the Viking Age discovery of North America in the earliest extant account of 'Vínland' ('Wine-Land') and the Norse transmarine otherworlds of 'Hvítramannaland' ('The Land of White Men') and the 'Ódáinsakr/Glæsisvellir' ('Field of the Not-Dead'/'Shining Fields') as its starting point, the book explores the historical entanglements of these imaginative places in a wider European context. It follows how these Norse otherworld myths adopt, adapt, and transform concepts from early Irish vernacular tradition and Medieval Latin geographical literature, and pursues their connection to the geographical mythology of classical antiquity. In doing so, it shows how myths as far distant in time and space as Homer's Elysian Plain and the transmarine otherworlds of the Norse are connected by a continuous history of creative processes of adaptation and reinterpretation. Furthermore, viewing this material as a whole, the question arises as to whether the Norse mythologization of the North Atlantic might not only have accompanied the Norse westward expansion that led to the discovery of North America, but might even have been among the factors that induced it.

The Middle Ages Facts and Fictions

This book guides readers through 10 pervasive fictions about medieval history, provides them with the sources and analytical tools to critique those fictions, and identifies what really happened in the Middle Ages.

Author: Winston Black

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 144086232X

Category: History

Page: 248

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This book guides readers through 10 pervasive fictions about medieval history, provides them with the sources and analytical tools to critique those fictions, and identifies what really happened in the Middle Ages. • Provides an overview of a particular historical misconception and its corresponding truth • Presents primary source documents to help readers to see how the misconceptions developed and spread, and provide evidence for what we now believe to be the historical truth behind each fiction • Suggests further reading and additional sources of information • Fosters critical thinking skills and engages readers with the history of the Middle Ages

History of Civilization The medieval world or Dark ages

The point to be observed is , that these crude theories , explained in such terms
that all understood them , very often indeed find embodiment in some story , and
thus are kept alive as myths . We have now tried to make clear that a myth is in its
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Author: Emory Adams Allen

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Civilization

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