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The Age of Chivalry

Thomas Bulfinch

Book Overview: 

Bulfinch’s Mythology, is one of the most popular collections of mythology of all time. It consists of three volumes: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and Legends of Charlemagne. This is a recording of the tenth edition of the first volume, The Age of Fable. It contains many Greek and Roman myths, including simplified versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as a selection of Norse and “eastern” myths. Thomas Bulfinch’s goal was to make the ancient myths accessible to a wide audience, and so it is suitable for children.

The Bulfinch version of myth, presents the myths in their literary versions, without unnecessary violence, sex, psychology or ethnographic information. The Bulfinch myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the American 19th century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .SIR LAUNCELOT

After King Arthur was come from Rome into England all the knights of the Table Round resorted unto him and made him many justs and tournaments. And in especial Sir Launcelot of the Lake in all tournaments and justs and deeds of arms, both for life and death, passed all other knights, and was never overcome, except it were by treason or enchantment; and he increased marvellously in worship, wherefore Queen Guenever had him in great favor, above all other knights. And for certain he loved the queen again above all other ladies; and for her he did many deeds of arms, and saved her from peril, through his noble chivalry. Thus Sir Launcelot rested him long with play and game, and then he thought to prove himself in strange adventures; so he bade his nephew, Sir Lionel, to make him ready,— "for we two will seek adventures." So they mounted on their horses, armed at all sights, and rode into a forest, and so into a deep plain. And the weather w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 Tabl

I read this for my 7th graders homeschool curriculum. I’m just not that interested in the time of knights. So my rating more reflects that than the author’s ability to write about the time period.

Phew, this was a tiring book to read! It had a lot of old English that was very hard to understand and I had to look up many words. Some of the stories were very interesting but others were so detailed that I got lost in the telling.

Didn't finish...more

Enjoyed this, though some of it could be written in a more approachable and easier to read way. Perhaps that's a gap that's developed over time from the publishing date.

Picked up this title on sale at college bookstore. Read it when I had spare time.

Thorough, but incredibly dry.

I wouldn't have read this, had I not been required to for my Medieval literature class. It was ok, but not exactly my cup of tea. It was a lot of random old stories and legends compiled into a book, mildly interesting and rather long winded. I didn't dislike it, I just didn't love it.

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

"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, a

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