Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race
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Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race

By M. I. (Maud Isabel) Ebbutt
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Table of Contents
  • HERO-MYTHS & LEGENDS OF THE BRITISH RACE
  • M. I. EBBUTT M. A.
  • PREFACE
  • CONTENTS
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  • INTRODUCTION
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • CHAPTER I: BEOWULF
    • Introduction
    • The Story. The Coming and Passing of Scyld
    • Hrothgar’s Hall
    • Grendel
    • Beowulf
    • Hrothgar and Beowulf
    • The Quarrel
    • Beowulf and Grendel
    • Grendel’s Mother
    • The Fight with Grendel’s Mother
    • Beowulf’s Return
    • Fifty Years After
    • Beowulf and the Fire-Dragon
    • Beowulf Faces Death
    • Beowulf’s Death
  • CHAPTER II: THE DREAM OF MAXEN WLEDIG
    • The Position of Constantine
    • The Emperor Maxen Wledig
    • The Emperor’s Malady
    • The Dream of the Emperor
    • The Quest for the Maiden
    • The Finding of the Maiden
    • The Dream Realized
  • CHAPTER III: THE STORY OF CONSTANTINE AND ELENE
    • The Greatness of Constantine Provokes Attack
    • The Eve of the Battle
    • Vision of the Cross
    • Constantine is Cheered
    • The Morning of Battle
    • The Cross is Raised
    • A Council Summoned
    • Constantine Desires to Find our Saviour’s Cross
    • Summons his Mother Elene
    • Elene’s Vision
    • She Undertakes the Quest
    • She Comes to Judæa
    • She Cross-questions the Rabbis
    • One Appointed to Answer her
    • She Threatens him
    • He Guides her to Calvary
    • Three Crosses Found
    • A Miracle to Reveal our Saviour’s Cross
    • The Nails Sought for
    • Good News Brought to Constantine
  • CHAPTER IV: THE COMPASSION OF CONSTANTINE
    • Youth of Constantine
    • Acclaimed Emperor
    • Becomes a Leper
    • Rewards Offered for his Cure
    • A Desperate Remedy
    • Constantine Assents Regretfully
    • A Cruel Proclamation
    • Constantine is Conscience-stricken
    • His Noble Resolve
    • He Announces his Determination
    • The Victims Sent Home Happy
    • A Vision
    • Sylvester Summoned
    • Constantine Baptized
  • CHAPTER V: HAVELOK THE DANE
    • The Origin of the Story
    • Havelok and Godard
    • Goldborough and Earl Godrich
    • Havelok Becomes Cook’s Boy
    • Havelok and Goldborough
    • The Revelation and Return to Denmark
    • Havelok and Ubbe
    • The Death of Godard
    • Death of Godrich
  • CHAPTER VI: HOWARD THE HALT
    • Introduction
    • Icelandic Ghosts
    • The Story. Howard and Thorbiorn
    • Olaf Meets Sigrid
    • Thorbiorn Insults Olaf
    • Olaf and the Wizard’s Ghost
    • Olaf’s Second Fight with the Ghost
    • Olaf Meets Thorbiorn
    • The Combat
    • A New Enemy Comes
    • Olaf’s Death
    • Howard Claims Wergild for Olaf
    • Howard at the Thing
    • Howard and Thorbiorn
    • Guest and Howard
    • Guest’s Judgment and the Payment of the Wergild
    • Biargey and her Brethren
    • Valbrand
    • Thorbrand and Asbrand
    • The Arousing of Howard
    • Howard Gathers his Friends
    • Howard’s Plan
    • Thorbiorn’s Return
    • Thorbiorn’s Death
    • Steinthor Shelters Howard
    • The Thing and Guest’s Award
  • CHAPTER VII: ROLAND, THE HERO OF EARLY FRANCE
    • The Roland Legends
    • The Historic Basis
    • A Spanish Version
    • The Italian Orlando
    • Roland in French Literature
    • The “Chanson de Roland”
    • The Story
    • The Saracen Council
    • Blancandrin’s Advice
    • An Embassy to Charlemagne
    • Reception by Charlemagne
    • He is Perplexed
    • He Consults his Twelve Peers
    • Roland Speaks
    • Ganelon Objects
    • “Who Shall Go to Saragossa?”
    • Roland Suggests Ganelon
    • Ganelon is Angry
    • He Threatens Roland
    • But is Sent
    • He Plots with Marsile’s Messengers
    • To Betray Roland
    • Ganelon with the Saracens
    • Marsile’s Anger
    • The Saracen Council
    • Ganelon Plans Treachery
    • Welcomed by Marsile
    • Ganelon Returns to Charles
    • The French Camp. Charles Dreams
    • A Morning Council
    • Roland for the Rearguard
    • Charles is Sad
    • The Saracen Pursuit
    • Oliver Descries the Saracens
    • Roland will not Blow his Horn
    • It is Too Late
    • Turpin Blesses the Knights
    • “Montjoie! Montjoie!”
    • The Fray
    • The Saracens Perish
    • A Second Saracen Army
    • Gloomy Portents
    • Many French Knights Fall
    • The Second Army Defeated
    • A Third Appears
    • Roland Willing to Blow his Horn
    • Oliver Objects. They Quarrel
    • Turpin Mediates
    • The Horn is Blown
    • Ganelon Arrested
    • Charles Returns
    • Roland Weeps for his Comrades
    • He Fights Desperately
    • Oliver Falls
    • And Dies
    • Turpin is Mortally Wounded. The Horn Again
    • Charles Answers the Horn
    • Turpin Blesses the Dead
    • He Dies
    • Roland’s Last Fight
    • He Tries to Break his Sword
    • His Last Prayer
    • He Dies
    • Charles Arrives
    • His Lament
    • The Dead Buried
    • Aude the Fair
    • The Traitor Put to Death
      • FOOTNOTES:
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • CHAPTER VIII: THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN
    • Celtic Mysticism
    • The Cathleen Legend
    • The Story. Happy Ireland
    • The Young Countess
    • Dearth and Famine
    • Distress of the Peasants
    • The Misery Increases
    • Cathleen Heartbroken for her People
    • Her Wide Charity
    • Lawlessness Breaks Out
    • Cathleen Has an Inspiration
    • She Summons her Steward
    • Demands to Know what Wealth she Owns
    • “Go Far and Buy Food”
    • The Steward Reluctantly Obeys
    • Buys Stores in England
    • His Return Delayed
    • Deepening Misery in Ireland
    • Two Mysterious Strangers
    • Their Strange Story
    • Mysterious Behaviour
    • Professed Errand of Mercy
    • A New Traffic
    • Buyers of Souls
    • Slow Trade at First
    • Trade Increases
    • Cathleen Hears of the Demon Traders
    • The Peasant’s Story
    • “Good Gold for Souls”
    • Cathleen Tries to Check the Traffic
    • In Vain
    • She Visits the Demons
    • They Make a Proposal
    • False Tidings
    • Cathleen’s Despair
    • A Desperate Decision
    • She Revisits the Demons
    • Her Terms
    • The Bond Signed
    • General Lamentation
    • Cathleen Fades Away
    • The Steward Returns
    • The Demons Cheated
      • FOOTNOTES:
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • CHAPTER IX: CUCHULAIN, THE CHAMPION OF IRELAND
    • Introduction
    • Cuchulain, the Irish Achilles
    • The Youth of Cuchulain
    • Cuchulain’s Marriage
    • Bricriu’s Feast
    • Bricriu’s Falsehood
    • Bricriu Meets Conall Cearnach
    • Bricriu Meets Cuchulain
    • The Feast and the Quarrel
    • The Women’s Quarrel
    • The Husbands Intervene
    • The Heroes Journey to Connaught
    • Cuchulain’s Steeds
    • Queen Meave Watches the Heroes
    • Terror in Connaught
    • Conor Explains the Matter
    • The First Test
    • The Second Test
    • Ercol’s Defeat
    • Meave’s Plan to Avoid Strife in Cruachan
    • The Return of the Champions
    • The Champions Visit Curoi
    • The Giant Fights Laegaire and Conall
    • Cuchulain’s Trials
    • The Dragon
    • The Giant Worsted by Cuchulain
    • Cuchulain Re-enters the Dun
    • The Decision
    • Uath, the Stranger
    • The Agreement
    • Laegaire Accepts the Challenge
    • Laegaire and Conall Disgraced
    • Cuchulain Accepts the Challenge
    • Cuchulain Stands the Test
    • Curoi’s Decision and Cuchulain’s Victory
  • CHAPTER X: THE TALE OF GAMELYN
    • The “Wicked Brothers” Theme
    • Literary Influence of the “Gamelyn” Story
    • The Story
    • The Father Feels his End Approaching
    • How Shall he Dispose of his Estate?
    • The Cruel Eldest Son
    • Gamelyn Resists
    • Gamelyn Terrifies the Household
    • Sir John’s Guile
    • A Wrestling Match
    • A Dreaded Champion
    • Gamelyn Enters
    • Defeats the Champion
    • He Wins the Prizes
    • He Overcomes his Brother’s Servants
    • A Reckoning with Sir John
    • Gamelyn Allows Himself to be Chained
    • Adam Spencer to the Rescue
    • A Plan of Escape
    • A Great Feast
    • The Banquet Disturbed
    • Sir John in Chains
    • The Sheriff’s Men Appear
    • The Sheriff Arrives
    • Gamelyn Goes to the Greenwood
    • Gamelyn Joins the Outlaws
    • The Law at Work
    • Gamelyn Arrested
    • Otho as Surety
    • Gamelyn Goes to the Woods
    • The Term Expires
    • Gamelyn in the Court
    • A Scene
    • Honour from the King
  • CHAPTER XI: WILLIAM OF CLOUDESLEE
    • Introduction
    • Famous Outlaws
    • The Outlaws
    • The Leaders
    • William Goes to Carlisle
    • The Old Woman’s Treachery
    • News Brought to the Sheriff
    • The Hue and Cry
    • The Siege of the House
    • The Attack
    • The House is Burnt
    • The Sheriff Gives Sentence
    • News is Brought to the Greenwood
    • The Outlaws Go to Carlisle
    • Clym’s Stratagem
    • They Enter the Town
    • They Keep the Gates
    • The Fight in the Market-place
    • The Rescue
    • The Mayor of Carlisle
    • The Escape from Carlisle
    • Adam and the Keys
    • William of Cloudeslee and his Wife Meet
    • William’s Proposed Visit to London
    • Outlaws in the Royal Palace
    • The King and the Outlaws
    • The Queen Intercedes
    • News Comes to the King
    • The King’s Test
    • William of Cloudeslee’s Archery
    • Cloudeslee Shoots the Apple from his Son’s Head
    • The Last Shot
    • The King and Queen Show Favour
  • CHAPTER XII: BLACK COLIN OF LOCH AWE
    • Introduction
    • The Highland Clans
    • The Knight of Loch Awe
    • Black Colin’s Youth
    • He Goes on Crusade
    • The Lady of Loch Awe
    • The Token
    • The Journey
    • The Crusade
    • The Lady’s Suitor
    • The Baron’s Plot
    • A Forged Letter
    • The Lady’s Stratagem
    • Black Colin Hears the News
    • Black Colin’s Return
    • The Foster-Mother’s Recognition
    • The Foster-Mother’s Plan
    • The Beggar at the Wedding
    • The Beggar’s Demand
    • The Token
    • The Recognition
    • The Baron’s Flight
    • Castle Kilchurn
  • CHAPTER XIII: THE MARRIAGE OF SIR GAWAYNE
    • Introduction
    • Sir Gawayne
    • King Arthur Keeps Christmas
    • His Discontent
    • The Damsel’s Request
    • King Arthur’s Vow
    • The Fight
    • The Ransom
    • The King’s Search
    • The Loathly Lady
    • The Lady’s Secret
    • The Ransom
    • The Price of the Ransom
    • King Arthur’s Return
    • Sir Gawayne’s Devotion
    • The Hunting Party
    • Sir Kay and the Loathly Lady
    • The Betrothal
    • The Lady’s Words
    • The Journey to Carlisle
    • The Bridal
    • Sir Gawayne’s Bride
    • Sir Gawayne’s Choice
    • The Dilemma
    • Sir Gawayne’s Decision
    • The Lady’s Story
    • The Surprise of the Knights
  • CHAPTER XIV: KING HORN
    • Introduction
    • The Royal Family of Suddene
    • The Saracen Invasion
    • Horn’s Escape
    • Arrival in Westernesse
    • Farewell to the Boat
    • King Ailmar and Childe Horn
    • Ailmar’s Decision
    • Childe Horn at Court
    • The Princess Rymenhild
    • Athelbrus Deceives the Princess
    • Athelbrus Summons Horn
    • Horn and Rymenhild
    • Horn Refuses the Princess
    • Horn Becomes a Knight
    • Horn and Athulf Go to Rymenhild
    • Horn’s First Exploit
    • Rymenhild’s Dream
    • Fikenhild’s False Accusation
    • Horn’s Banishment
    • Horn Slays the Giant Emir
    • Horn Refuses the Throne
    • Rymenhild’s Distress
    • Horn and King Thurston
    • Horn Returns on the Wedding-day
    • Horn Is Disguised as a Palmer
    • The Recognition
    • Horn’s Stratagem
    • Horn Slays King Modi
    • Horn’s Departure
    • The Apostate Knight
    • The Recognition
    • The Reconquest of Suddene
    • Fikenhild Imprisons Rymenhild
    • Horn’s Dream
    • Horn’s Disguise
    • Death of Fikenhild
  • CHAPTER XV: ROBIN HOOD
    • Introduction
    • Robin Hood Seeks a Guest
    • The Outlaws’ Rules
    • Robin Hood’s Guest
    • Little John Escorts the Knight
    • Robin Hood’s Feast
    • Robin Converses with the Knight
    • Robin Demands Payment
    • The Knight’s Poverty
    • The Knight’s Story
    • How the Money was Lost
    • The Sum Required
    • Robin Offers a Loan
    • The Knight Offers Surety
    • Robin Hood’s Gifts
    • The Bond of Repayment
    • Sir Richard’s Journey
    • The Abbot and Prior of St. Mary’s
    • Sir Richard Returns
    • The Abbot and Sir Richard
    • Sir Richard Implores the Justice
    • The Justice Suggests a Compromise
    • Sir Richard Pays the Money
    • Sir Richard Sets Out to Repay the Loan
    • The Wrestling
    • Robin’s Impatience
    • The Monks Approach
    • The Capture of the Black Monk
    • The Outlaws’ Feast
    • The High Cellarer and the Suretyship
    • The Monk is Searched
    • Success of the Search
    • The Monk Departs
    • Sir Richard Arrives
  • CHAPTER XVI: HEREWARD THE WAKE
    • Introduction
    • The Saxon Patriot
    • Leofric of Mercia
    • Hereward’s Youth
    • His Strength and Leadership
    • Leofric and Hereward
    • Hereward at Court
    • Hereward’s Exile
    • Hereward’s Farewell
    • Hereward in Northumbria
    • The Fairy Bear
    • Hereward Slays the Bear
    • Hereward’s Trick on the Knights
    • Hereward Leaves Northumbria
    • Hereward in Cornwall
    • Hereward Released from Prison
    • The Princess Visits the Captives
    • Sigtryg Ranaldsson of Waterford
    • Hereward Binds the Princess
    • Prince Sigtryg
    • Hereward and Sigtryg
    • Return to Cornwall
    • Hereward in the Enemy’s Hall
    • Haco’s Plan
    • Rescue for Haco’s Bride
    • The Ambush
    • Success
  • GLOSSARY AND INDEX
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