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The Age of Chivalry

The Age of Chivalry [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Bulfinch
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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.


Retells the stories of King Arthur and the Round Table, the Mabinogeon of Wales, and knights in English history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084A01AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"The Age of Fable" is a compendium of the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, and also some Celtic, Norse, Egyptian and Eastern myths. First published in 1855, it retained popularity for a long time afterwards. It's divided into short chapters of about 8 pages each, and told in a very readable style. Its most distinctive feature is that at the end of each tale, it includes a couple of paragraphs on the literary allusions it has inspired. 18th and 19th century poets like Byron, Keats, and Pope were steeped in these myths, so they're quoted a lot, along with various others.
Bulfinch's preferred source for the myths is, according to Roger Lancelyn Green's curiously ambivalent introduction, Ovid's "Metamorphosis", though he also uses myths not found in that book. He uses the Roman names rather than the Greek (e.g. "Ulysses", not "Odysseus"), though he includes the Greek in parentheses when first introducing the characters. All the myths are here, from the birth of the gods, through Pandora's box, Phaeton's chariot, the abduction of Proserpine, the siege of Troy, Ulysses, Aeneas, and dozens of others.

Bulfinch's use of language is elegant without being fussy, a slightly elevated language very appropriate for these myths. He tells the stories very well so this is very good and readable introduction to the myths and a good reference tool, though the index to this edition isn't great (Everyman edition 1969- though Amazon might move this review to other editions), only listing the first appearance of each character in the book- then again, the chapter headings usually give the main characters therein.

Looking on this site, it appears that newer editions of this book are titled "Bulfinch's Mythology". Seems like it's the same book, just a name change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic 3 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A true classic a reminder of childhood bedtime stories. Well laid out for ereader access. And free, what more can you say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mythology comes alive 26 May 2001
By A. J. Valasek - Published on
I personally find mythology pretty fascinating. On some levels it is an attempt to explain the human psyche. On others, it is an attempt to answer "why." This text is inferior to no other in its stories of myth and legend. With a twist, the author explains many of the verses and dialogue in many of the classic dramas and writings of some of the world's most famous author's throughout the centuries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any bibliophile 1 Jun 2009
By Kayo Smada - Published on
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For anyone who has read or enjoys reading classical English literature, this is a must-have companion. It retells many stories whose characters and events are mentioned in other notable works. I found it quite easy to understand and would recommend it to everyone.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of Chivalry 16 April 2009
By Samuel F. W. Alger - - Published on
This Better Days Books edition of Thomas Bullfinch's classic "The Age of Chivalry" IS NOT an electronic version, as the misplaced product description on this page implies. It is a vintage reprint edition, in quality trade paperback format, lovingly reproduced with black and white interior illustrations that help to bring these timeless Arthurian tales to full and vibrant life. We here at Better Days Books have tried repeatedly to get the product description on this page corrected, to no avail. This really is a fabulous book that every boy should own - but please be aware that it is just that - a paperback book! Thank you!
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2.0 out of 5 stars no links in Kindle edition 4 Mar 2009
By Barbara De Roes - Published on
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The Kindle edition has NO hyperlinks in the document. Since there are 41 chapters, this is a problem. It gets better.

When you search on the word "chapter," or one of the Roman numerals associated with each chapter, none of the 41 chapter beginnings are found, because the chapter heading is an IMAGE, not text.

I'll try other editions, and if needed, a download from Mobi, and report back on whether I can find a version of this book that can be used with a linked Table of Contents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad in small doses 10 Jun 2011
By mrssmith - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this book, just a few sections at a time. It isn't something I'd want to sit down and read cover to cover. The subject matter was interesting, and I loved reading different twists on the traditional stories. It was slow at the beginning, and I wasn't sure I would finish reading it, but it picked up as I got into the tone of it. Some of the parables (for lack of a better word) were silly, but I imagine the adventures during chivalrous times were pretty tame compared to the modern stories we're accustomed to reading. There's not a dragon to slay in every cave, but apparently every cave had a hermit who could offer a place to stay and some sage advice.
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