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Dimensions:
216 × 138 mm
224 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789142129
Illustrations:
32 illustrations
Published:
11 May 2020
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Heroes and Marvels of the Middle Ages Jacques Le Goff

Heroes and Marvels of the Middle Ages is a history like no other: it is a history of the imagination, presented through two celebrated groups of the period. One group consists of heroes: Charlemagne, El Cid, King Arthur, Orlando, Pope Joan, Melusine, Merlin the Wizard, and also the fox and the unicorn. The other is the miraculous, represented here by three forms of power that dominated medieval society: the cathedral, the castle and the cloister.

This imaginative history is a continuing story that presents the heroes and marvels of the Middle Ages as the times defined them: venerated, then bequeathed to future centuries where they have continued to live and transform through remembrance of the past, adaptation to the present and openness to the future.

A renowned specialist in the Middle Ages and member of the École des Annales, Jacques Le Goff (1924-2014) was Director of Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris. He was the author of many books including The Middle Ages Explained in Pictures (2013).

Preface
Introduction

Arthur
The Cathedral
Charlemagne
The Castle
Knights and Chivalry
El Cid
The Cloister
The Land of Cockaigne
The Jongleur
The Unicorn
Melusina
Merlin
Pope Joan
Reynard
Robin Hood
Roland
Tristan and Iseult
Troubadours and Trouvères
The Valkyrie

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