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Legends of Charlemagne

or Romance of the Middle Ages

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Author: Thomas Bulfinch
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 98,631 / 289 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.3
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 3,522 1301

If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation. But if that which tends to make us happier and better can be called useful, then we claim that epithet for our subject. For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.

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and Orlando The Invasion of France The Invasion of France (Continued)

Bradamante and Rogero Astolpho and the Enchantress The Orc Astolpho's Adventures continued, and Isabella's begun. Medoro Orlando Mad Zerbino and Isabella Astolpho in Abyssinia The War in Africa Rogero and Bradamante The Battle of Roncesvalles Rinaldo and Bayard Death of Rinaldo Huon of Bordeaux Huon of Bordeaux (Continued) Huon of Bordeaux (Continued) Ogier, the Dane Ogier, the Dane (Continued) Ogier, the Dane (Continued)




Those who have investigated the origin of the romantic fables relating to Charlemagne and his peers are of opinion that the deeds of Charles Martel, and perhaps of other Charleses, have been blended in popular tradition with those properly belonging to Charlemagne. It was indeed a most momentous era; and if our readers will have patience, before entering on the perusal of the fabulous annals which we are about to lay before them, to

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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****

both "Orlando in love" and "orlando mad" are packed in a very readable style by Bulfinch. Vastly superior to the more famous "king Arthur" legends in English. Charlemagnes paladins should be better known.

Ian cassidy

This book is very good. I think it is a 9 out of 10 as far as reading is concerned. There are some sections which I cant stop laughing. It is also very good at keeping the interest of the reader.



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