Best Medieval Literature Books

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1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo

Author: by J.R.R. Tolkien
Del Rey (July 1, 1988)

‎ English
214 pages

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Three masterpieces of medieval poetry, translated by the author of The Lord of the Rings Comparable to the works of Chaucer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo weave a bright tapestry of stories from a remote age of chivalry and wizards, knights and holy questsbut unlike The Canterbury Tales, the name of the poet who wrote them is lost to time.

Masterfully translated from the original Middle English by J.R.R. Tolkien, the language of these great poems comes to life for modern readers. At the center of this collection is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a tale as lush and dark as England’s medieval forests.

Mixing romance and adventure, Sir Gawain follows King Arthur’s most noble knight on an adventure of epic enchantment, temptation, and destiny.

2. The Sagas of the Icelanders (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: by Robert Kellogg
Penguin UK
848 pages

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A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s greatest literary treasures-as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west-to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.

The ten Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated “Vinland Sagas,” which recount Leif Eiriksson’s pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

3. The Awakening: The Original 1899 Edition (A Classic Novel Of kate chopin)

Author: by Kate Chopin
144 pages

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The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. Kate Chopin, The AwakeningThe Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South.

It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism. The novel’s blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James.

4. Viking Language 1 Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (Viking Language Series)

Author: by Jesse L. Byock
364 pages

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Viking Language 1 – Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas 2nd upgraded edition. Everything necessary to learn or teach Old Norse, runes, and sagas. Graded lessons, saga readings, runic inscriptions, grammar exercises, pronunciation, maps, history sections, student grammar guide, and vocabulary teach Old Norse, Vikings, Iceland, old Scandinavia, myth and legends.

Download FREE ANSWER KEY www.Vikinglanguage. Com – Now available, two audio MP3 download OLD NORSE PRONUNCIATION ALBUMS VIKING LANGUAGE 1: AUDIO LESSONS 1-8: (Pronounce Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas) and Audio Lessons 9-15.” Search Viking Language audio lessons under Amazon all departments and MP3 music.

Also Itunes and CDbaby.VISIT www.Vikinglanguage.Com and oldnorse. Org for information on Viking Language Series and sample audio readings – Now available, Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader with complete sagas, poems of Scandinavian gods, heroes, Old Norse runes, and vocabulary.

5. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Signet Classics)

Author: by Burton Raffel

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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE UPCOMING MAJOR MOTION PICTURE THE GREEN KNIGHTSTARRING DEV PATELAn epic poem of honor and bravery written by an anonymous fourteenth-century poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is recognized as an equal of Chaucer’s masterworks and of the great Old English poems, including Beowulf.

It is Christmas in Camelot, and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his knights. And though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned knight barges in.

He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challengea challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawaina challenge that will force him to choose between his honor and his life….

Includes a Preface by Burton Raffelan Introduction by Brenda Websterand an Afterword by Neil D.Isaacs

6. Adult Coloring Book: 75 Stunning Mandala Animals and Birds Designs| Dinosaurs, Lions, Elephants, Dogs, Cats, Turtle, Bear, Sea Horse, Eagles, Owls, and Many More!

Author: by Magizh Publications
152 pages

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75 GORGEOUS MANDALA DESIGNS TO COLOR! Say hello to: and a lot more! A fantastic coloring book for adults containing gorgeous mandala designs of animals and birds. Special patterns designed to detail by professionals to offer you hours of relaxation, fun, energy, and motivation!

A great expedition from all kingdoms – land, space, and ocean. There are Dinosaurs, Lions, Elephants, Dogs, Cats, Turtle, Bear, Sea Horse, Eagles, Owls – and you name it – this book has got it all! You will love this book for:It comes in a giant size of 8.5 X 11 inches.

High-resolution inspiring designs help you to make your own masterpieces. High-quality glossy finish giving you a superior feel. It covers a wide spectrum beginner to expert-level. Works perfectly with any type of coloring materials color pencils, crayons, markers, pens, etc.

Single-sided pages to avoid bleed-through. Makes this wonderful gift birthdays, holidays, special occasions, etc. Each design is aimed at relieving your stress and to provide maximum calmness. Order your copy today to start having fun!

7. Doomsday Book

Author: by Connie Willis
Spectra (August 1, 1993)
592 pages

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Five years in the writing by one of science fiction’s most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrinbarely of age herselffinds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours.

Praise for Doomsday BookA stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope…. The best work yet from one of science fiction’s best writers. The Denver PostSplendid workbrutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency.

8. The Poetic Edda (Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection)

Author: by Carolyne Larrington
Oxford University Press

384 pages

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“She sees, coming up a second time,earth from the ocean, eternally green;the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them,over the mountain hunting fish.”After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and life is renewed.

The Poetic Edda begins with The Seeress’s Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth. In this great collection of Norse-Icelandicmythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related.

The one-eyed Odin, red-bearded Thor, Loki the trickster, the lovely goddesses, and the giants who are their enemies walk beside the heroic Helgi, Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Brynhild the shield-maiden, and the implacableGudrun. This translation also features the quest-poem The Lay of Svipdag and The Waking of Angantyr, in which a girl faces down her dead father to retrieve his sword.

Comic, tragic, instructive, grandiose, witty, and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and speak to us as freely as when they were first written down seven hundred and fifty years ago.

9. Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by St. Anselm
Oxford University Press
544 pages

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Although utterly convinced of the truth of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make sense of his religion. He considered the doctrines of faith an invitation to question, to think, and to learn; and he devoted his life to confronting and understanding the most elusive aspects of Christianity.

His writings on matters such as free will, the nature of truth, and the existence of God make Anselm one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in history, and this translation provides readers with their first opportunity to read his most important works within a single volume.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

10. The Canterbury Tales: The New Translation by Gerald J. Davis

Author: by Geoffrey Chaucer
June 24, 2016

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The classic collection of beloved tales, both sacred and profane, of travelers in medieval England. Complete and Unabridged.

11. Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader (Viking Language Old Norse Icelandic Series) (Volume 2)

Author: by Jesse L. Byock
372 pages

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Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader immerses the learner in the sagas, legends, runes, and myths of Vikings and Icelanders. Readings from Icelandic sagas, Viking Age runic inscriptions, and eddas take the student into the world of old Norse heroes, gods, and goddesses.

Chapters on The Creation of the World and Ragnarok, the battle at the world’s end, where the gods meet their doom. Readings and maps about Viking Age Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. Other chapters tackle eddic and skaldic verse with ancient stories from Old Scandinavia.

Learn how to read runes and runic inscriptions. Where lessons contain exercises, answers given. Viking Language 1 and 2 are designed as workbooks. Students learn quickly and interactively. For more information, see our website: vikinglanguage.Com

12. Edda (Everyman's Library)

Author: by Snorri Sturluson
Everyman Paperbacks
288 pages

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“But the king’s heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down” Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings.

His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie’s own, honoring the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his cellar in Iceland in 1241 on the instigation of the king of Norway, as a result of political intrigue.

The Edda contains the most extensive account of Norse myths and legends that have survived from the Middle Ages as well as the famous stories of Odin winning back the mead of poetic inspiration and Thor fishing for the Midgard serpent.

13. The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Jesse L. Byock
Penguin Classics
160 pages

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One of the great books of world literature-an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance. Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires runic knowledge from one of Odin’s Valkyries.

Yet the saga is set in a very human world, incorporating oral memories of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman empire. In his illuminating Introduction Jesse L.

Byock links the historical Huns, Burgundians, and Goths with the extraordinary events of this Icelandic saga. With its ill-fated Rhinegold, the sword reforged, and the magic ring of power, the saga resembles the Nibelungenlied and has been a primary source for such fantasy writers as J.R.R.

Tolkien and for Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

14. Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes

Author: by Philip Freeman
Oxford University Press
296 pages

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Most people have heard of the Celts-the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of a bygone era, a world destroyed by theambition of empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Western Europe.

Despite the pervasive cultural and literary influence of the Celts, shockingly little is known of their way of life and beliefs, because very few records of their stories exist. In this book, for the first time, PhilipFreeman brings together the best stories of Celtic mythology.

Everyone today knows about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks, such as Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, but how many people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the magical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the great Irish warrior C Chulainn?

We still thrill to the story of the Trojan War, but the epicbattles of the Irish Tin B Cuailgne are known only to a few. And yet those who have read the stories of Celtic myth and legend-among them writers like J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.

15. Sense and Sensibility: The Original 1811 Edition (A Classic Romance Novel of Jane Austen)

Author: by Jane Austen
252 pages

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The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.I require so much! Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811.

It was published anonymously; By A Lady appears on the title page where the author’s name might have been. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne as they come of age. They have an older half-brother, John, and a younger sister, Margaret.

The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Because Norland is passed down to John, the product of Mr. Dashwood’s first marriage, and his young son, the four Dashwood women need to look for a new home.

They have the opportunity to rent a modest home, Barton Cottage, on the property of a distant relative, Sir John Middleton. There they experience love, romance, and heartbreak. The novel is likely set in South West England, London, and Sussex between 1792 and 1797.

16. Saxo Grammaticus: The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary

Author: by Saxo Grammaticus


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In the early years of the thirteenth century the Danish writer Saxo Grammaticus provided his people with a History of the Danes, an account of their glorious past from the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark to the historical present.

It is one of the major sources for the heroic and mythological traditions of northern Europe, though the complex Latin style and the wide range of material brought together from different sources have limited its use. Here Hilda Ellis Davidson, a specialist in Scandinavian mythology, together with the translator Peter Fisher, provides a full English edition; each of the first nine books is preceded by an introductory summary, and a detailed commentary follows on the folklore and life and customs of twelfth-century Denmark – including the sources of Hamlet, of which Saxo gives the earliest known account.

HILDA ELLIS DAVIDSON’s other books include The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England; PETER FISHER is also the translator of Olaus Magnus: A Description of the Northern Peoples.