Hero-Myths Legends of the British Race

Hero-Myths Legends of the British Race

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"[...] With all these nations, all these natures, amalgamated in our own, it is no wonder that the literature of our isles contains many different ideals of heroism, changing according to nationality and epoch. Thus the physical valour of Beowulf is not the same quality as the valour of Havelok the Dane, though both are heroes of the strong arm; and the chivalry of Diarmit is not the same as the chivalry of Roland. Again, religion has its share in changing the ideals of a nation, and Constantine, the warrior of the Early English poem of "Elene," is far from being the same in character as the tender-hearted Constantine of "moral Gower's" apocryphal tale. The law-abiding nature of the earliest heroes, whose obedience to their king and their priest was absolute, differs almost entirely from the lawlessness of Gamelyn and Robin Hood, both of whom set church and king at defiance, and[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.53mm | 526.16g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507674821
  • 9781507674826