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Curious Myths of the Middle Ages [Kindle Edition]

S. (Sabine) Baring-Gould
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1564596516
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052GDSL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,005 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What they believed in the Middle Ages 15 Feb. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book gave a fascinating account of medieval myths from the point of view of a Victorian Anglican clergyman.
Baring Gould exhibits considerable historical research; he endeavours, mainly successfully, to distinguish fact from legend.
His most interesting chapter is that on the Sangreal, which provides a fascinating comparison with recent publications on the subject, such as "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.

Gould's other topics are equally well researched an provide interesting and informative reading.

It is a very useful book for anyone wanting to know the mythical and cultural background of medieval man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written journey through weirdness! 26 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hard to know how to pitch a review against a book that was free, over 150 years old, and analysing matters and beliefs that went centuries earlier.

It's beautifully written, the author has clearly endeavoured to craft his words and sentences with care, beyond just getting the message over. At times you wonder why you are wading through pages of nonsensical primitive stuff, some of it potentially quite offensive in our era, but it is clear the author is carefully trying to document what is being said without prejudice. Occasionally he sums up and it becomes clear where he stands on these beliefs and myths ... usually sceptical or agnostic. The chapter on divination (divining rods) is an interesting discourse in the ongoing battle between fraud and hard-to-understand science, and impressive in that little seems to have changed all this time on.

It's hard going at times, the first chapter is heavy on the antisemitism (although I'm not sure that's the author's viewpoint), other chapters push other buttons, and will surely find one or two to catch most people. Another review made a comment about being overloaded with facts, he seems to enter some sort of blitz towards the end of some of the chapters, the carefully crafted prose gives way to a heavy bombardment of references to cultures, tribes, ideas and beliefs as he tracks back through ancient history. This is a discourse through anecdotes more than myths ... he's starting with the stuff people say to each other to make a point and then drilling through to the english story, the european origins and eventually back through the rest, usually to some sort of sanskrit text in India.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An insight into past attitudes 10 Jun. 2012
By Mydnite
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an interesting book, but it does get a little tedious at times. The reprint of the myths gives a specific Anglican interpretation of those stories. As it is free to download for the kindle it is definitely worth looking at
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curious Myths 3 Oct. 2013
By JohnCUK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Informative and well written. Enjoyed the read while on holiday. I intend to read more from this author in the future.
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