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Denitza Raykova1 minТомас Булфинч - "Митове и легенди от рицарските времена", изд. "Рива", 2018 г., прев. Розалина ЕвдокимоваКогато осъзнаеш, че времето ти да четеш рицарски истории май е отминало...... те обзема едно чувство на тъга и негодувание. Към самия теб.С много голямо желание седнах да чета тази книга. Помня как влезе в "списъка за пазаруване" за Пролетния базар. Стигаше ми само заглавието, за да реша, че искам да я имам. А когато видях на корицата името на Томас Булфинч, това само затв...
Bulfinch, ThomasBulfinch's MythologyIn compilation only.1) Introduction2) The Mythical History of England3) Merlin4) Arthur5) Arthur (continued)6) Sir Gawain7) Caradoc Briefbras; or, Caradoc with the Shrunken Arm8) Lancelot of the Lake9) The Adventure of the Cart10) The Lady of Shalott11) Queen Guenever's Peril12) Tristram and Isoude13) Tristram and Isoude (continued)14) Sir Tristram's Battle with Sir Lancelot15) The Round Table16) Sir Palamedes17) Sir Tristram18) Perceval19) The Sangreal, or Ho...
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.
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.
"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, and into the kindred country of Armorica, or Brittany, the memory of his exploits, which their national vanity insensibly exaggerated, till the little prince of the Silures (South Wales) was magnified
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 and read from every once and a while; maybe just to get your mind thinking in a higher level English for a while, after having read countless Facebook posts... bereft of grammar and thought--I digres...
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 Table but wasn't much impressed with Bulfinch's description of it. I know this book is a holy grail (pun intended) to chivalry lovers but i don't think this book is for much anybody else.
This book has a lot of mini stories of historical events and how they played out. It moves through history very quickly, from battle to battle to historical figures. It’s interesting, and the narrator does a good job.
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.
There are two versions of Age of Chivalry. One ends with a shorter section on the heroes of England and Ireland, and the other ends with a section on King Richard and Chevy Chase. The latter is very boring. The earlier sections in both are the same. They are OK. I am very happy to be finished with Bulfinch.
I enjoyed Roger Green’s King Arthur much better than this. Maybe I read it too fast, but it was just so much information. The stories all ran into each other. This particular version has beautiful illustrations, though!
The Age of Chivalry is a compilation of Medieval myths focusing on: the Arthurian legends, Welsh myths and the tales of Robin Hood. As one might expect there are maidens, knights, jousts, horses, quests, tournaments, smiting, magic … and in one inexplicable instance – a badger in a bag. The Arthur, Tristan and Isolde, and Robin Hood stories have had a significant literary influence, but I have to say … once you’ve heard one knightly tale, you’ve pretty much heard them all.
This edition included a third section on "The Knights of English History" by Edward Everett Hale, added 17 years after Bullfinch's death. There was also a short into by Beryl Rowland. The two parts by Bullfinch were about King Arthur and his men, Tristam and Isolde and the quest for the Holy Grail (or Sangreal); and tales from the Mabinogeon, "tales" in Welsh.I found the latter section to be the most fascinating, because the characters within were so human and humorous. The tale of Owain's roman...
I didn't finish reading it--it's too dry. It's a good reference book and it could be helpful if you needed to brush up on any Arthurian stories, but it's just so boring that it doesn't matter how many times you re-read a passage, you can be sure to fall asleep.
Was a bit disappointed in this book as I had imagined a proper novel about king Arthur but instead the book was very historical and descriptive and I did not quite like the way merlin was portrayed in this book!!
interesting, although a bit crusty at times. i couldn't keep track of who was doing what, as various persons were presented in something of a blur. but i like reading on knights and chivalry and machismo.