Gods, Heroes, & Kings

Author: Christopher R. Fee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190291702

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The islands of Britain have been a crossroads of gods, heroes, and kings-those of flesh as well as those of myth-for thousands of years. Successive waves of invasion brought distinctive legends, rites, and beliefs. The ancient Celts displaced earlier indigenous peoples, only to find themselves displaced in turn by the Romans, who then abandoned the islands to Germanic tribes, a people themselves nearly overcome in time by an influx of Scandinavians. With each wave of invaders came a battle for the mythic mind of the Isles as the newcomer's belief system met with the existing systems of gods, legends, and myths. In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, medievalist Christopher Fee and veteran myth scholar David Leeming unearth the layers of the British Isles' unique folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly disparate tales developed. The authors find a virtual battlefield of myths in which pagan and Judeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance, and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled together. The resulting body of legends became a strange but coherent hybrid, so that by the time Chaucer wrote "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in the fourteenth century, a Christian theme of redemption fought for prominence with a tripartite Celtic goddess and the Arthurian legends of Sir Gawain-itself a hybrid mythology. Without a guide, the corpus of British mythology can seem impenetrable. Taking advantage of the latest research, Fee and Leeming employ a unique comparative approach to map the origins and development of one of the richest folkloric traditions. Copiously illustrated with excerpts in translation from the original sources,Gods, Heroes, and Kings provides a fascinating and accessible new perspective on the history of British mythology.

No Heroes

Author: Chris Offutt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684865522

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 268

View: 4941


The author of The Same River Twice recalls his painful but ultimately revealing attempt to return home to the rural hills of Kentucky to give back to his hometown community and to record the personal story of his parents-in-law, Holocaust survivors who had emigrated from Poland in 1946. Reprint.

Raising Everyday Heroes

Author: Elisa Medhus

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442962186

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 552

View: 5656


LIVING IN A CULTURES A TURATED WITH MEDIA messages focused on fame, wealth, and beauty, it's easy for today's youth to rely on these external messages for guidance. As parents and role models, our natural instinct is to protect and shield our youth from these negative messages and attitudes. Unfortunately, this mode of thinking has encouraged the growing epidemic of youth helplessness. In Raising Everyday Heroes, award-winning author Dr. Elisa Medhus tackles this growing social phenomenon and inspires parents to raise tomorrow's everyday heroes.

E.V.I.L. Heroes

Author: N.A

Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment

ISBN: N.A

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 24

View: 677


With great power… comes great corruption. Superheroes are real. They walk the earth as gods among men. But the fairy tales of them protecting mankind and being heroes were all lies. Humans have become their slaves, fit only to serve their super powered masters. But in man the nature of the true hero still survives…and one group rises up to challenge their self-appointed masters. Can they hope to succeed or will their opposition only push mankind closer to extinction.

Academic Vocabulary Level 2--Comparing Folk Heroes

Author: Christine Dugan

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1480778818

Category:

Page: 10

View: 8715


This lesson integrates academic vocabulary instruction into content-area lessons. Two easy-to-implement strategies for teaching academic vocabulary are integrated within the step-by-step, standards-based social studies lesson.

American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America

Author: Edmund S. Morgan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039330454X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8072


Reexamines the lives of American heroes such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and reevaluates the legacies of religious figures such as Anne Hutchinson and unknown martyrs such as Mary Easty and Giles Cory, who were executed for practicing witchcraft.

The Last Heroes

Author: Gary Bridson-Daley

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750986573

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9891


The Second World War is famed for being the conflict that changed the face of warfare, and it is the last that changed the face of the world. In addition to remembering those that passed away in those dark days of war, a sincere debt of gratitude is owed to all those now in their twilight years who gave all that they had for King and Country. Here Gary Bridson-Daley presents forty-two of over a hundred interviews he conducted with veterans over recent years, adding to the history books the words and the original poetry of those that fought and supported the war effort to ensure freedom, peace and prosperity for generations to come. From each corner of the British Isles and every armed service, from Dam Buster George ‘Johnny’ Johnson through to riveter Susan Jones: heroes, all.

Forgotten Heroes of Ground Zero

Author: Russell Feliciano

Publisher: Covenant Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1638142645

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

View: 1987


“The Bravest” is a label of enormous respect. No higher level of respect can one identify with that of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY). No greater leadership and traditional institution have I ever been a part of. I never envisioned how my life would virtually spin in so many directions in one year. The dramatic challenge that the FDNY has ahead leaves one breathless.

Trailblazers and Unsung Heroes

Author: Danny Jones

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1546255680

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 122

View: 3571


Trailblazers and Unsung Heroes: A License To Thrill- All-time Football Greats of Yesteryear, focuses on forgotten stars from the glorious past. Author Danny Jones has dedicated most of his life, over 50 years preserving the legacy and memories of all-time legendary players from the past. They were outstanding players who somehow flew under the radar and slipped through the cracks of immortality. Most of these stars had the talent and credentials to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame- but are not. Many of these guys were trailblazers, pioneers, and unsung heroes in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Seven out of 10 players in this book have waited over 40 years and still aren’t in Canton, Ohio. A few of them have passed away. These unsung heroes defined an era with their brilliant performances. They were the biggest gate attractions in Pro Football. These legends of the fall have become distant memories. They were dedicated professionals who didn’t play for money. These mavericks of yesteryear played because they loved the game. This book takes a glimpse back at the most memorable moments and best seasons of their illustrious careers. All 10 of these guys had a license to thrill. Hopefully, it’s time for them to finally receive the recognition they deserve. I hope all of you get chosen to the Hall of Fame soon. That includes all 101 of the football legends I wrote about. Enjoy the book.