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Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Ages--from the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Ages--from the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral and written literature; traditional music and art; holidays and feasts; food and drink; and plants and animals, both real and fantastical. While most books on medieval folklore focus primarily on the West, this unique volume brings together an eclectic range of experts to treat the subject from a global perspective. Especially remarkable are the surveys of the major medieval traditions including Arab-Islamic, Baltic, English, Finno-Ugric, French, Hispanic, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Scandinavian, Scottish, Slavic, and Welsh. For anyone who has ever wanted a path through the tangle of Arthurian legends, or the real lowdown on St. Patrick, or the last word on wolf lore--this is the place to look. The contributors: Ulrich Marzolph -- Arab-Islamic Thomas A. DuBois -- Baltic John McNamara & Carl Lindahl -- English Thomas A. DuBois -- Finno-Ugric Francesca Canade Sautman -- French Samuel G. Armistead -- Hispanic Eva Pocs -- Hungarian Joseph Falaky Nagy -- Irish Giuseppe C. Di Scipio -- Italian Eli Yassif -- Jewish Stephen A. Mitchell -- Scandinavian John McNamara -- Scottish Eve Levin -- Slavic Elissa R. Henken & Brynley F. Roberts -- Welsh "


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Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Ages--from the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Ages--from the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral and written literature; traditional music and art; holidays and feasts; food and drink; and plants and animals, both real and fantastical. While most books on medieval folklore focus primarily on the West, this unique volume brings together an eclectic range of experts to treat the subject from a global perspective. Especially remarkable are the surveys of the major medieval traditions including Arab-Islamic, Baltic, English, Finno-Ugric, French, Hispanic, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Scandinavian, Scottish, Slavic, and Welsh. For anyone who has ever wanted a path through the tangle of Arthurian legends, or the real lowdown on St. Patrick, or the last word on wolf lore--this is the place to look. The contributors: Ulrich Marzolph -- Arab-Islamic Thomas A. DuBois -- Baltic John McNamara & Carl Lindahl -- English Thomas A. DuBois -- Finno-Ugric Francesca Canade Sautman -- French Samuel G. Armistead -- Hispanic Eva Pocs -- Hungarian Joseph Falaky Nagy -- Irish Giuseppe C. Di Scipio -- Italian Eli Yassif -- Jewish Stephen A. Mitchell -- Scandinavian John McNamara -- Scottish Eve Levin -- Slavic Elissa R. Henken & Brynley F. Roberts -- Welsh "

30 review for Medieval Folklore: A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex Telander

    starstarstar The medieval, mythological and folklore historian has been waiting a long time for a book like this. Have you ever read a little bit of medieval story or folklore and wondered exactly what its origin was, whether it was Irish, Welsh or English, Scandinavian or Eastern European? This compendium has all this in a Norton anthology font-size that is simply jam-packed with details and information. In encyclopedic form, it is a necessary reference tool for any historian, as well a compelli starstarstar The medieval, mythological and folklore historian has been waiting a long time for a book like this. Have you ever read a little bit of medieval story or folklore and wondered exactly what its origin was, whether it was Irish, Welsh or English, Scandinavian or Eastern European? This compendium has all this in a Norton anthology font-size that is simply jam-packed with details and information. In encyclopedic form, it is a necessary reference tool for any historian, as well a compelling read for anyone interested in the subject matter. It’s all here in one concise book that deserve a place on any shelf; fortunately it doesn’t take up too much space! Originally published on March 17th, 2003. For over 500 book reviews, and over 40 exclusive author interviews (both audio and written), visit BookBanter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    Haven't read the whole book, obviously, but it has been helpful for the occasional reference. None of these articles will be a sufficient source unto itself if you are writing a paper on one of these subjects, but no encyclopedia article ever is. There is a longer, 2 volume version which I believe has more thorough references for each article. Obviously the longer version would be better for those using the book for advanced research, but the paperback is more affordable! Haven't read the whole book, obviously, but it has been helpful for the occasional reference. None of these articles will be a sufficient source unto itself if you are writing a paper on one of these subjects, but no encyclopedia article ever is. There is a longer, 2 volume version which I believe has more thorough references for each article. Obviously the longer version would be better for those using the book for advanced research, but the paperback is more affordable!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Simpson

    Not a guide (at least not as I understand that word), but rather an encyclopedia. It's rather wide-ranging, and that's good and bad - it includes a lot of entries that are only peripherally related to folkore, and it actually skimps a lot on the "myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs" it is supposed to include. Although the quality of the entries is good, it could have used a more strict editor/editing process to keep it more on the stated subject. Not a guide (at least not as I understand that word), but rather an encyclopedia. It's rather wide-ranging, and that's good and bad - it includes a lot of entries that are only peripherally related to folkore, and it actually skimps a lot on the "myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs" it is supposed to include. Although the quality of the entries is good, it could have used a more strict editor/editing process to keep it more on the stated subject.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    I liked it, though I'm an idiot who didn't understand that when I bought it online, it was not a book that told the story of folklore in Europe but was an encyclopedia of folklore in Europe, so it became a bit of a struggle to get through certain entries at times. That being said, I still found it fascinating and informative. It helped me to understand why certain elements of medieval culture have such staying power in popular culture today and why certain things were popular and important back I liked it, though I'm an idiot who didn't understand that when I bought it online, it was not a book that told the story of folklore in Europe but was an encyclopedia of folklore in Europe, so it became a bit of a struggle to get through certain entries at times. That being said, I still found it fascinating and informative. It helped me to understand why certain elements of medieval culture have such staying power in popular culture today and why certain things were popular and important back then. I also learned more about King Arthur and his knights than I had in any other book I have ever read. I'd recommend certain entries.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    For the better part of a year, this has been on my bookshelf.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zhelana

    This book was more of a dictionary of folklore than a collection of folklore. It didn't seem like the kind of book you'd just sit down and read - indeed it has "see also" after each alphabetical entry to talk about where else in the book you can find related information. But because it was alphabetical it didn't always connect with what you were just reading, and it wasn't organized in terms of importance or anything that would seem reasonable. This book was more of a dictionary of folklore than a collection of folklore. It didn't seem like the kind of book you'd just sit down and read - indeed it has "see also" after each alphabetical entry to talk about where else in the book you can find related information. But because it was alphabetical it didn't always connect with what you were just reading, and it wasn't organized in terms of importance or anything that would seem reasonable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Yoon

    Always a helpful reference when I'm brainstorming for stories. Always a helpful reference when I'm brainstorming for stories.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    You have to read printed words on pages? Icky.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ogopogo

    Useful reference book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Robertson

  11. 4 out of 5

    CJ

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Shea

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Ray

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie Rose

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Belanger

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Hemesath

  18. 4 out of 5

    Éric Bédard

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tony Stark/HannahLu (~The Doctor~)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dieuwertje

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Carr

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jorg

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Eccles

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandy B. Stark

  26. 5 out of 5

    Philip Meldrum

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Clark

  28. 5 out of 5

    Glinda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Synthia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

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