King Arthur Legends, Myths, and Maidens

King Arthur, Legends, Myths & Maidens is a massive book of Arthurian legends.   This limited edition paperback was just released on Barnes and Noble at a price of $139.00.  Although is may seem a bit on the high side, it may prove to be well worth its price as there are only 150 copies being printed.   The book has 674 pages and is in a 6″ x 9″ format.

This edition is published by Piranesi Press in collaboration with Country House Essays.  They have put a lot of effort into the layout which book lovers are sure to enjoy.

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CONTENTS

PART I – The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch 7

 

  • Chapter I – King Arthur and His Knights
  • Chapter II – The Mythical History of England
  • Chapter III – Merlin
  • Chapter IV – Arthur
  • Chapter V – Arthur Continued
  • Chapter VI – Sir Gawain
  • Chapter VII – Caradoc Briefbras
  • Chapter VIII – Launcelot of the Lake
  • Chapter IX – Sir Launcelot
  • Chapter X – The Adventure of the Cart
  • Chapter XI – Queen Guenever’s Peril
  • Chapter XII – Tristram and Isoude
  • Chapter XIII – Tristram and Isoude Continued
  • Chapter XIV – Sir Tristraum;s Battle with Sir Laundelot
  • Chapter XV – The Round Table
  • Chapter XVI – Sir Palamedes
  • Chapter XVII – Sir Tristam
  • Chapter XVIII – Perceval
  • Chapter XIX – The Sangreal, or Holy Grail
  • Chapter XX – The Sangreal Continued
  • Chapter XXI – The Sangreal Continued
  • Chapter XXII – Sir Agrvain’s Treason
  • Chapter XXIII – Morte D’Arthur

 

PART II – THE MABINOGEON 179

 

  • INTRODUCTORY NOTE
  • Chapter I – The Britons
  • Chapter II – The Lady of the Fountain
  • Chapter III – The Lady of the Fountain Continued
  • Chapter IV – The Lady of the Fountain Continued
  • Chapter V – Geraint, The Son of Erbin
  • Chapter VI – Geraint, The Son of Erbin Continued
  • Chapter VII – Geraint, The Son of Erbin Continued
  • Chapter VIII – Pwyll, Prince of Dyved
  • Chapter IX – Branwen, The Daughter of Llyer
  • Chapter X – Manawyddan
  • Chapter XI – Kilwish and Olwen
  • Chapter XII – Kilwich and Olwen
  • Chapter XIII – Taliesin

 

PART III – HERO MYTHS OF THE BRITISH RACE

 

  • BEOWOLF – 295
  • CUCHULAIN, CHAMPION OF IRELAND – 297
  • HEREWARD THE WAKE – 301
  • ROBIN HOOD – 305

 

GLOSSARY – 309

 

PART IV – The Rise of Merlin and King Arthur in Historia Regum Britannae by Geoffry of Monmouth

 

BOOK VI.

 

  • Chapter VII – Aurelius Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon flee from Vortigern and go to Lesser Britain
  • Chapter IX – Vortigern Makes Himself King of Briton
  • Chapter X – Vortigern takes the Saxons that were new-comers, to his assistance
  • Chapter XI – Henist brings over great numbers of Saxons into Britain, he crafty petition to Vortigern
  • Chapter XII – Vortigern marries Rowen, the daughter of Hengist
  • Chapter XIII – The bishops, Germanus and Lupus, restore the Christian faith that had been corrupted in Britain. Xcta and Ebissa are four times routed by Vortimer
  • Chapter XIV – Vortimer’s kindness to his soldiers at his death
  • Chapter XV – Hegist, having wickedly murdered the princes of Britain, keeps Vortigern prisoner
  • Chapter XVI – Eldol’s valiant exploit. Hengist forces Vortigern to yield up the strongest fortifications in Britain, in consideration of hi release
  • Chapter XVII – Vortigern, after consultation with magicians, orders a youth to be brought that never had a father
  • Chapter XVIII – Vortigern inquiries of Merlin’s mother concerning her conception of him
  • Chapter XIX – Merlin’s speech to the king’s magicians, and advice about the building of the tower

 

 

 

 

BOOK VII.

 

Concerning the Prophecies of Merlin

 

  • Chapter I – Geoffrey of Monmouth’s preface to Merlin’s prophecy
  • Chapter II – Geoffrey’s letter to Alexander, bishop of Lincoln.
  • Chapter III – The prophecy of Merlin
  • Chapter IV – The continuation of the prophecy

 

BOOK VIII.

  • Chapter I – Vortigern asks Merlin concerning his own death.
  • Chapter II – Aurelius Ambrosius, being anointed King of Britain, burns Vortigern besieged in a tower
  • Chapter III – The praise of Aurelius’s valour. The levity of the Scots exposed. Forces raised against Hengist.
  • Chapter IV – Hengist marches with his army against Aurelius, into the field of Maisbeli
  • Chapter V – A battle between Aurelius and Hengist
  • Chapter VI – Hengist, in a duel with Eldol, is taken by him. The Saxons are slain by the Britons without mercy.
  • Chapter VII – Hengist is beheaded by Eldol
  • Chapter VIII – Octa, being besieged in York, surrenders himself to the mercy of Aurelius
  • Chapter IX – Aurelius, having entirely routed the enemies, restores all things in Britain, especially ecclesiastical affais, to their ancient state
  • Chapter X – Aurelius is advised by Merlin to remove the Giant’s Dance from the mountain Killaruaus
  • Chapter XI – Uther Pendragon is appointed with Merlin to bring over the Giant’s Dance
  • Chapter XII – Gillomanius being routed by Uther, the Britons bring over the Giant’s dance into Britain
  • Chapter XIII – Pascentius brings in the Saxons against the Britons
  • Chapter XIV – Pascentius, assisted by the King of Ireland, again invades Britain. Aurelius dies by the treachery of Eopa, a Saxon
  • Chapter XV – A comet presignifies the reign of Uther
  • Chapter XVI – Pascentius and Gillomanius are killed in battle
  • Chapter XVII – Uther Pendragon is made King of Britain
  • Chapter XVIII – Octa and Eosa are taken in battle
  • Chapter XIX – Uther, falling in love with Igerna, enjoys her by the assistance of Merlin’s magical operations
  • Chapter XXI – Octa and Eosa renew the war. Lot, aconsul, marries the king’s daughter
  • Chapter XXII – Uther, being ill, is carried in a horse-litter against the enemy
  • Chaper XXIII – Octa and Eosa, with a great number of their men are killed
  • Chapter XXIV – Uther, upon drinking spring water that was treacherously poisoned by the Saxons, dies

 

BOOK IX.

 

  • Chapter I – Arthur succeds Uther his father in the Kingdom of Britain, and besieges Colgrin.
  • Chapter II – Hoel sends fifteen thousand men to Arthur’s assistance
  • Chapter III – Arthur makes the Saxons his tributaries
  • Chapter IV – Dubricius’s speech against the treacherous Saxons. Arthur with his own hand kills four hundred and seventy Saxons in one battle. Colgrin and Baldulph are killed in the same.
  • Chapter V – The Saxons, after their leader Cheldric was killed, are all compelled by Cador to surrender
  • Chapter VI – Arthur grants a pardon to the Scots and Picts, besieged at the Lake Lumond
  • Chapter VII – Arthur relates the wonderful nature of some ponds
  • Chapter VIII – Arthur restores York to its ancient beauty, especially as to its churches
  • Chapter IX – Arthur honours Augusel with the scepter of the Scots; urian with that of Mureif, and Lot with the cosulship of Londonesia
  • Chapter X – Arthur adds to his government Ireland, Iceland, Gothland, and the Orkneys
  • Chapter XI – Arthur subdues Norway, Dacia, Aquitaine, and Gaul
  • Chapter XII – Arthur summons a great many kings, princes, archibishops, &c. to a solemn assembly at the City of Legions
  • Chapter XIII – A description of the royal pomp at the coronation of Arthur
  • Chapter XIV – After a variety of sports at the coronation, Arthur amly rewards his servants
  • Chapter XV – A letter from Lusius Tiberius, general of the Romans, to Arthur being read, they consult about an answer to it.
  • Chapter XVI – Arthur, holding a council with the kings, desires every one of them to deliver their opinions
  • Chapter XVII – The opinion of Hoel, King of Amorica, concerning a war with the Romans
  • Chapter XVIII – The opnion of Augusel
  • Chapter XIX – They unanimously agree upon a war with the Romans
  • Chapter XX – Arthur prepares for a war, and refuses to pay tribute to the Romans

 

 

 

BOOK X

  • Chapter I – Lucius Tiberius calls together the eastern kings against the Britons
  • Chapter II – Arthur commits to his nephew Modred the government of Britain. His dream at Hamo’s Port
  • Chapter III – Arthur kills a Spanish giant who had stolen away Helena, the niece at Hoel
  • Chapter IV – Arthur’s ambassadors to Lucius Tiberius deliver Pelreius Cotta, whomthey took prisoner to Arthur
  • Chapter V – The Romans attack the Britons with a very great force, but are put to flight by them
  • Chapter VI – Lucius Tiberius goes to Lengriae. Arthur, designing to vanquish him, by a stratagem possesses himself of the valley os Suesia
  • Chapter VII – Arthur’s exhortation to his soldiers
  • Chapter VIII – Lucius Tiberius, discovering Arthur’s design, in a speech animates his followers to fight
  • Chapter IX – A battle between Arthur and Lucius Tiberius
  • Chapter X – Hoel and Walgan signalize their valour in the fight
  • Chapter XI – Lucius Tiberious being killed, the Britons obtain the victory
  • Chapter XII – Part of the Romans flee; the rest, of their own accord, surrender themselves for slaves
  • Chapter XIII – The bodies of the slain are decently buried, each in their respective countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK XI

 

  • Chapter I – Modre makes a great slaughter of Arthur’s men, but is beaten, and flees to Winchester
  • Chapter II – Modred, after being twice besieged and routed, is killed. Arthur, being wounded, gives up the kingdom to Constantine
  • Chapter III – Constantine meets with Disturbances from the Saxons and Modred’s sons
  • Chapter IV – Constantine, having murdered the two sons of Modred, is himself killed by Conan
  • Chapter V – Aurelius Conan Reigns after Constantine
  • Chapter VI – Wortiporius, Being Declared King, Conquers the Saxons
  • Chapter VII – Malgo, King of Britain, and a Most Graceful Person, Addicts Himself to Sodomy
  • Chapter VIII – Britain, in the flame of Civil War under King Careticus, is miserably wasted by the Saxons and Africans
  • Chapter IX – The Author Upbraids the Britons
  • Chapter X – Logria is Again Inhabited by the Saxons
  • Chapter XI – The Britons Lose Their Kingdom

 

Part V – The Legends of King Arthur

  • Chapter I – The Prophecies of Merlin, and the Birth of Arthur
  • Chapter II – The Miracle of the Sword and Stone, and the Coronation of King Arthur – The Sword Excalibur – The War with the Eleven Kings
  • Chapter III – The Adventure of the Questing Beast – King Arthur drives the Saxons from the Realm – The Battles of Celidon Forest and Badon Hill
  • Chapter IV – King Arthur Conquers Ireland and Norway, Slays the Giant of St. Michael’s Mount, and Conquers Gaul – The Adventures of Sir Balin
  • Chapter V – Sir Balin Smites the Dolorous Stroke, and Fights with his Brother, Sir Balan
  • Chapter VI – The Marriage of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, and the Founding of the Round Table – The Adventure of the Hart and Hound
  • Chapter VII – King Arthur and Sir Accolon of Gaul
  • Chapter VIII – King Arthur conquers Rome, and is crowned Emperor
  • Chapter IX – The Adventures of Sir Lancelot du Lake
  • Chapter X – Adventures of Sir Beaumains or Sir Gareth
  • Chapter XI – The Adventures of Sir Tristram of Lyonesse
  • Chapter XII – The Quest of the Sangreal, and the Adventures of Sir Percival, Sir Bors, and Sir Galahad
  • Chapter XIII – Sir Lancelot and the Fair Maid of Astolat
  • Chapter XIV – The War between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot and the Death of King Arthur

 

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Mudlark Regulations in the U.K.

Mudlarks of London

Mudlarking along the Thames River foreshore is controlled by the Port of London Authority.

According to the Port of London website, two type of permits are issued for those wishing to conduct metal detecting, digging, or searching activities.

Standard – allows digging to a depth of 7.5 [...] Read more →

JP Morgan’s Digital Currency Patent Application

J.P. Morgan Patent #8,452,703

Method and system for processing internet payments using the electronic funds transfer network.

Abstract

Embodiments of the invention include a method and system for conducting financial transactions over a payment network. The method may include associating a payment address of an account [...] Read more →

A History of the Use of Arsenicals in Man

The arsenicals (compounds which contain the heavy metal element arsenic, As) have a long history of use in man – with both benevolent and malevolent intent. The name ‘arsenic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘arsenikon’ which means ‘potent'”. As early as 2000 BC, arsenic trioxide, obtained from smelting copper, was used [...] Read more →

Clairvoyance – Methods of Development

CLAIRVOYANCE

by C. W. Leadbeater

Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House

[1899]

CHAPTER IX – METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT

When a men becomes convinced of the reality of the valuable power of clairvoyance, his first question usually is, “How can [...] Read more →

King Lear

Edwin Austin Abbey. King Lear, Act I, Scene I (Cordelia’s Farewell) The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dates: 1897-1898 Dimensions: Height: 137.8 cm (54.25 in.), Width: 323.2 cm (127.24 in.) Medium: Painting – oil on canvas

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The Preparation of Marketable Vinegar

It is unnecessary to point out that low-grade fruit may often be used to advantage in the preparation of vinegar. This has always been true in the case of apples and may be true with other fruit, especially grapes. The use of grapes for wine making is an outlet which [...] Read more →

On Bernini’s Bust of a Stewart King

As reported in the The Colac Herald on Friday July 17, 1903 Pg. 8 under Art Appreciation as a reprint from the Westminster Gazette

ART APPRECIATION IN THE COMMONS.

The appreciation of art as well as of history which is entertained by the average member of the [...] Read more →

Tuna and Tarpon

July, 16, l898 Forest and Stream Pg. 48

Tuna and Tarpon.

New York, July 1.—Editor Forest and Stream: If any angler still denies the justice of my claim, as made in my article in your issue of July 2, that “the tuna is the grandest game [...] Read more →

The Black Grouper or Jewfish.

 

Nov. 5. 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 371-372

The Black Grouper or Jewfish.

New Smyrna, Fla., Oct. 21.—Editor Forest and Stream:

It is not generally known that the fish commonly called jewfish. warsaw and black grouper are frequently caught at the New Smyrna bridge [...] Read more →

List of the 60 Franklin Library Signed Limited Editions

The following highly collectible Franklin Library Signed Editions were published between 1977 and 1982. They are all fully leather bound with beautiful covers and contain gorgeous and rich silk moire endpapers. Signatures are protected by unattached tissue inserts.

The values listed are average prices that were sought by [...] Read more →

A Conversation between H.F. Leonard and K. Higashi

H.F. Leonard was an instructor in wrestling at the New York Athletic Club. Katsukum Higashi was an instructor in Jujitsu.

“I say with emphasis and without qualification that I have been unable to find anything in jujitsu which is not known to Western wrestling. So far as I can see, [...] Read more →

Chantry Chapels

William Wyggeston’s chantry house, built around 1511, in Leicester: The building housed two priests, who served at a chantry chapel in the nearby St Mary de Castro church. It was sold as a private dwelling after the dissolution of the chantries.

A Privately Built Chapel

Chantry, chapel, generally within [...] Read more →

Platform of the American Institute of Banking in 1919

Resolution adapted at the New Orleans Convention of the American Institute of Banking, October 9, 1919:

“Ours is an educational association organized for the benefit of the banking fraternity of the country and within our membership may be found on an equal basis both employees and employers; [...] Read more →

A Couple of Classic Tennessee Squirrel Recipes

FRIED SQUIRREL & BISCUIT GRAVY

3-4 Young Squirrels, dressed and cleaned 1 tsp. Morton Salt or to taste 1 tsp. McCormick Black Pepper or to taste 1 Cup Martha White All Purpose Flour 1 Cup Hog Lard – Preferably fresh from hog killing, or barbecue table

Cut up three to [...] Read more →

Copper Kills Covid-19 and the Sun is Your Friend

The element copper effectively kills viruses and bacteria.

Therefore it would reason and I will assert and not only assert but lay claim to the patents for copper mesh stints to be inserted in the arteries of patients presenting with severe cases of Covid-19 with a slow release dosage of [...] Read more →

Fruits of the Empire: Licorice Root and Juice

Liquorice, the roots of Glycirrhiza Glabra, a perennial plant, a native of the south of Europe, but cultivated to some extent in England, particularly at Mitcham, in Surrey.

Its root, which is its only valuable part, is long, fibrous, of a yellow colour, and when fresh, very juicy. [...] Read more →

Catholic Religious Orders

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the mendicant Order of Friars Minor, as painted by El Greco.

Catholic religious order

Catholic religious orders are one of two types of religious institutes (‘Religious Institutes’, cf. canons 573–746), the major form of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. They are organizations of laity [...] Read more →

Preserving Iron and Steel Surfaces with Paint

Painting the Brooklyn Bridge, Photo by Eugene de Salignac , 1914

 

Excerpt from: The Preservation of Iron and Steel Structures by F. Cosby-Jones, The Mechanical Engineer January 30, 1914

Painting.

This is the method of protection against corrosion that has the most extensive use, owing to the fact that [...] Read more →

Fly Casting Instructions

It is a pity that the traditions and literature in praise of fly fishing have unconsciously hampered instead of expanded this graceful, effective sport. Many a sportsman has been anxious to share its joys, but appalled by the rapture of expression in describing its countless thrills and niceties he has been literally [...] Read more →

The American Museum in Britain – From Florida to Bath

Hernando de Soto (c1496-1542) Spanish explorer and his men torturing natives of Florida in his determination to find gold. Hand-coloured engraving. John Judkyn Memorial Collection, Freshford Manor, Bath

The print above depicts Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his band of conquistadors torturing Florida natives in order to extract information on where [...] Read more →

Gout Remedies

Jan Verkolje Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first person to describe gout or uric acid crystals 1679.

For one suffering gout, the following vitamins, herbs, and extracts may be worth looking into:

Vitamin C Folic Acid – Folic Acid is a B vitamin and is also known as B9 – [Known food [...] Read more →

Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois and the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Noel Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois, circa 1805 by Paul Sandby, watercolour on paper

The Dulwich Picture Gallery was England’s first purpose-built art gallery and considered by some to be England’s first national gallery. Founded by the bequest of Sir Peter Francis Bourgois, dandy, the gallery was built to display his vast [...] Read more →

Cleaning Watch Chains

To Clean Watch Chains.

Gold or silver watch chains can be cleaned with a very excellent result, no matter whether they may be matt or polished, by laying them for a few seconds in pure aqua ammonia; they are then rinsed in alcohol, and finally. shaken in clean sawdust, free from sand. [...] Read more →

Cocillana Syrup Compound

Guarea guidonia

Recipe

5 Per Cent Alcohol 8-24 Grain – Heroin Hydrochloride 120 Minims – Tincture Euphorbia Pilulifera 120 Minims – Syrup Wild Lettuce 40 Minims – Tincture Cocillana 24 Minims – Syrup Squill Compound 8 Gram – Ca(s)ecarin (P, D, & Co.) 8-100 Grain Menthol

Dose – One-half to one fluidrams (2 to [...] Read more →

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

THE HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA

Translated into English by PANCHAM SINH

Panini Office, Allahabad [1914]

INTRODUCTION.

There exists at present a good deal of misconception with regard to the practices of the Haṭha Yoga. People easily believe in the stories told by those who themselves [...] Read more →

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. Home Top of [...] Read more →

The Character of a Happy Life

How happy is he born and taught. That serveth not another’s will; Whose armour is his honest thought, And simple truth his utmost skill

Whose passions not his masters are; Whose soul is still prepared for death, Untied unto the world by care Of public fame or private breath;

Who envies none that chance [...] Read more →

Art Fraud

A la Russie, aux ânes et aux autres – by Chagall – 1911

Marc Chagall is one of the most forged artists on the planet. Mark Rothko fakes also abound. According to available news reports, the art market is littered with forgeries of their work. Some are even thought to be [...] Read more →

A Summer Memory

 

Here, where these low lush meadows lie, We wandered in the summer weather, When earth and air and arching sky, Blazed grandly, goldenly together.

And oft, in that same summertime, We sought and roamed these self-same meadows, When evening brought the curfew chime, And peopled field and fold with shadows.

I mind me [...] Read more →

The Flying Saucers are Real by Donald Keyhoe

It was a strange assignment. I picked up the telegram from desk and read it a third time.

NEW YORK, N.Y., MAY 9, 1949

HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING FLYING SAUCER MYSTERY. FIRST TIP HINTED GIGANTIC HOAX TO COVER UP OFFICIAL SECRET. BELIEVE IT MAY HAVE BEEN PLANTED TO HIDE [...] Read more →

The Age of Chivalry

KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS

On the decline of the Roman power, about five centuries after Christ, the countries of Northern Europe were left almost destitute of a national government. Numerous chiefs, more or less powerful, held local sway, as far as each could enforce his dominion, and occasionally those [...] Read more →

Indian Mode of Hunting – Beaver

Jul. 30, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 87

Indian Mode of Hunting.

I.—Beaver.

Wa-sa-Kejic came over to the post early one October, and said his boy had cut his foot, and that he had no one to steer his canoe on a proposed beaver hunt. Now [...] Read more →

Carpenters’ Furniture

IT requires a far search to gather up examples of furniture really representative in this kind, and thus to gain a point of view for a prospect into the more ideal where furniture no longer is bought to look expensively useless in a boudoir, but serves everyday and commonplace need, such as [...] Read more →

The Cremation of Sam McGee

Robert W. Service (b.1874, d.1958)

 

There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see Was that night [...] Read more →

Indian Modes of Hunting – Setting Fox Traps

Aug. 13, 1898 Forest and Stream, Pg. 125

Game Bag and Gun.

Indian Modes of Hunting. III.—Foxes.

The fox as a rule is a most wily animal, and numerous are the stories of his cunning toward the Indian hunter with his steel traps.