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  • Legends
    stories twisted and turned over the centuries and how have they defined our expectations of heroism romance and adventure For ten years from 1997 to 2007 Legends chronicled my personal journey through the worlds of Robin Hood King Arthur D Artagnan and other swashbuckling characters of balladry fiction and film from the shores of Avalon to the dungeons of Zenda This archive preserves The Best of Legends links to primary

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  • Legends Site Map
    History of Britain Sir Tristan La Belle Iseult Elaine of Astolat Beowulf Sources Pirates Privateers Sources Blackbeard Captain Sir Francis Drake Gráinne O Malley Captain William Kidd Ballads Broadsides Sources True Thomas Tam Lin Fair Janet Shake Loose the Border Swashbucklers Fops Sources Swordplay The Swashbuckling Films of William Hobbs Rapier Dagger Dumas Erin Alba The Tales Fairy Tales Classic Tales Into the Woods The Faery Worlds of Terri Windling

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  • Legends Site Map
    Enter keywords or a question to search Legends or the World Wide Web with Google Search WWW Search Best of Legends Top Home Colophon Notes on the Illustrations Site Map

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  • Legends - What's New
    new links to French Breton and German tales in Gawain and Tristan Iseult 31 December 2004 New in Ballads Broadsides More on True Thomas including links to Sir Tristrem believed by its first editor Sir Walter Scott to be by the hand of Thomas of Erceldoune 3 September 2004 New in Fairy Tales More of Andrew Lang s Fairy Books are now available as hypertext and we ve added links to essays on Snow White and Cinderella by Terri Windling find them in Classic Tales 29 August 2004 New in Poets Painters J R R Tolkien a stepping off point for your journey There and Back Again 14 August 2004 New in Fairy Tales The Middle English tale of Sir Orfeo blends an ancient Hellenic plot conventions of medieval minstrelsy and Celtic notions of mortals abducted to the fairy realm under the hill 10 July 2004 More in King Arthur the Matter of Britain New translations of the Four Branches of the Mabinogion from the White Book of Rhydderch with extensive annotations in Welsh Bards And The Great Famine and the Collapse of the Pax Britannica considers evidence of climatological catastrophe on the history and legends of Dark Age Britain in History and Archaeology 6 July 2004 New in King Arthur the Matter of Britain Arthur s Death and Destiny by Thomas Green from his Concepts of Arthur and Linda Malcor s introduction to Lucius Artorius Castus the Roman officer who may have been one source for the legends of Arthur Also new Taliesin s Successors Raymond H Thompson s interviews with authors of modern Arthurian literature in Sources and Stories Michelle Ziegler s exploration of the similarities between the fall of Brigantia and the fall of Arthur s realm in Guenevere and much new material on Dark Age Britain in History and Archaeology 3 July 2004 A General History of the Pyrates 1724 and The History Of The Pyrates 1728 by Captain Charles Johnson who may or may not have been Daniel Defoe are online at last as searchable text and gorgeous hyperlinked facsimile images of early printings Find the links in Pirates Privateers Sources New in King Arthur the Matter of Britain The Monstrous Regiment of Arthurs Thomas Green s guide to the various theories that seek to identify the historical Arthur 16 June 2004 Tolkien and Iceland The Philology of Envy an essay by Tom Shippey author of The Road to Middle Earth find the link in Sagas Sea kings The Northern World 14 March 2004 New in Pirates Privateers Captain William Kidd his life his treasure and his death on the gallows and the ballad that made him famous 7 March 2004 In Pirates Privateers Explore the metallurgy of the Drake Plaque at MIT and investigate the accuracy of Elizabethan latitude calculations at Sir Francis Drake And check out new links and new sources for Grainne Grace O Malley the Pirate Queen of Connaught profiled in a new Discovery Channel documentary 29 February 2004 New in

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  • Legends - Colophon
    Elizabethan England A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558 1603 She also created Elizabethan Blackwork The Blackwork Embroidery Archives a collection of free patterns based on historical sources Visit Paula s Home Page or drop pkm your comments at BestoflLegends org Contributors Donald G Keller the essay Into the Woods is a critic editor and the co founder of the Serconia Press He co edited The Horns of Elfland An Anthology of Music and Magic with Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman Roc 1997 and is a contributor to John Clute s Encyclopedia of Fantasy About Legends L egends was conceived designed and edited by Paula Katherine Marmor who is also responsible for typos graphics and HTML Legends has been hand built in Home Site since 1997 now available from Macromedia Many of the illustrations are based on originals in the archives at ArtToday now part of Jupiter Media s ClipArt com www clipart com and from collections available through The Scriptorium Appropriate licensing fees have been paid for these and other source graphics which are used with permission Some public domain illustrations are scanned from volumes in the editor s collection Graphic manipulations are done in Paint Shop Pro unless other

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  • Legends - The Robin Hood Pages
    Hood and Maid Marian a play by Alfred Lord Tennyson 1892 The Foresters Robin Hood and Maid Marian by Alfred Lord Tennyson with Incidental Music Songs by Arthur Sullivan The full narrative poem MIDI files and scores of Sir Arthur Sullivan s music and illustrations at the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle the classic version of the stories of 1883 published by Project Gutenberg I tell you plainly that if you go farther you will be scandalized by seeing good sober folks of real history so frisk and caper in gay colors and motley that you would not know them but for the names tagged to them Here is a stout lusty fellow with a quick temper yet none so ill for all that who goes by the name of Henry II Here is a fair gentle lady before whom all the others bow and call her Queen Eleanor Here is a fat rogue of a fellow dressed up in rich robes of a clerical kind that all the good folk call my Lord Bishop of Hereford Here is a certain fellow with a sour temper and a grim look the worshipful the Sheriff of Nottingham And here above all is a great tall merry fellow that roams the greenwood and joins in homely sports and sits beside the Sheriff at merry feast which same beareth the name of the proudest of the Plantagenets Richard of the Lion s Heart Beside these are a whole host of knights priests nobles burghers yeomen pages ladies lasses landlords beggars peddlers and what not all living the merriest of merry lives and all bound by nothing but a few odd strands of certain old ballads snipped and clipped and tied together again in a score

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  • Legends - King Arthur - Sources
    excellent bibliographical notes on reliable editions of the source materials The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester includes a massive collection of Arthurian texts images and bibliographies thoroughly indexed and accessible by subject Arthur A Man for the Ages is David White s site on the history and legends of Arthur Heavily cross referenced Arthuriana the Journal of Arthurian Studies The TEAMS Middle English Texts are published for TEAMS The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages in association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Michigan The available texts include many primary Arthurian sources Llys Arthur Arthur s Court explores the Welsh origins of the Arthurian cycle It s part of Jeff Davies Gwarnant which aims to be the best resource on the web for the history and poetry of early medieval and medieval Wales Glastonbury Abbey s official website Arthurian Legend a new survey site features illustrations for Le Morte Darthur by the 20th century Belgian British artist and book illustrator Françoise Taylor King Arthur s Knights a dense survey site on the legends and history of Arthur and his knights by Nathan Currin New The Tale Grew in the

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  • Legends - Beowulf
    became available in England And one might add was the poem composed as a way of telling East Anglians something of their semi historical semi legendary Scandinavian ancestors There is perhaps a good case for believing that Beowulf was composed in Suffolk at the palace of Rendlesham within living memory of the great ship burial in 625AD from Angelcynn s Historical Background to Beowulf Beowulf on the Net Beowulf on Steorarume Beowulf in Cyberspace a new critical electronic edition of the text based on an examination of the original MS with supplementary texts including The Fight at Finnsburh Waldere Deor Woden s Nine Herbs Charm Bede s Account of Cædmon edited and translated by Benjamin Slade Johns Hopkins University Old English text English and German translations introduction glossary links Beowulf in Hypertext includes the text in Old English and modern translation with a glossary notes on characters and historical context and other materials the site was designed under the supervision of Dr Anne Savage at McMaster University Beowulf a prose translation by Clarence Griffin Child PDF Format from In Parenthesis at York University Resources for the Study of Beowulf at the University of Nevada Reno Syd Allan s Beowulf page a comprehensive site for people who are just starting to learn about Beowulf The Story of Beowulf Chapter XLII of Bullfinch s Mythology The Age of Fable an annotated summary of the Tale with notes Beowulf a prose version of the story from Hero Myths and Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt 1910 New The Electronic Beowulf Project is an effort to digitize images of the only extant manuscript of Beowulf which was badly damaged by fire in 1731 Beowulf in modern English alliterative verse translated by Francis B Gummere from the 1910 Harvard Classics edition The electronic versions of Beowulf in Old English all derive from Oxford Text Archive text U 1936 C notes on the text archive Versions are available at Labyrinth as part of the Labyrinth Library of Old English Literature at Georgetown and at the University of Virginia The Adventures of Beowulf an Adaptation from the Old English by Dr David Breeden is an online serialization of the classic tale in unrhymed verse In progress Readings from Beowulf in Old English part of Old English at the University of Virginia Beowulf a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds based on the Francis B Gummere translation Thoughts on Reading Beowulf an essay by Lynn Harry Nelson Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Kansas part of Lectures in Medieval History at The Historical Text Archive New Anthropological and Cultural Approaches to Beowulf Issue 5 of The Heroic Age a free online journal dedicated to the study of the Northwestern Europe from the Late Roman Empire to the advent of the Norman Empire Beowulf s World The Old English Pages by Catherine N Ball Department of Linguistics Georgetown University includes the historical context as well as access to texts art and linguistic materials This

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