This Folio Society fine edition of the stirring epic Beowulf places the original Old English text side by side with the greatest translation of modern times – an award-winning, deeply felt interpretation by Seamus Heaney.
Wonder at the ancient stories from Britain and around the world which form the bedrock of modern literature. Whether Greek myths, Celtic and Norse legends or Egyptian Mysticism, the Folio Society publishes a beautiful collection of Mythology books. Folio books include original or carefully researched illustrations and come with specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Mythology books.
The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith and one of the world’s greatest religious texts. Gandhi called it his ‘spiritual dictionary’, while as a secular work it inspired Einstein, Yeats and Jung. Our edition uses Juan Mascaró’s acclaimed translation, with illustrations by Anna Bhushan.
Katharine M. Briggs’s Folk Tales of Britain is an extraordinary compendium – the most complete in existence – of the folk-story heritage of Great Britain. Part one of her magnum opus, published earlier this year by The Folio Society as Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives, contains stories which people knew were fiction. This new three-volume collection contains over 1,000 ‘Legends’, that is, stories once believed to be true.
In this much-loved collection, which has become a classic, poet and scholar Robert Graves retells the immortal stories of the Greek myths. Demeter mourning her daughter Persephone, Icarus flying too close to the sun, Theseus and the Minotaur … all are captured here, making this a magical point of entry into the minds of those who lived so many centuries ago.
The myths and legends of Ireland are as rich and evocative as any in the world, yet until this book was published in 1904 they were almost unknown to a wider audience. For this beautifully illustrated edition, Booker Prize-shortlisted author Colm Toíbín has written an introduction in which he discusses the key role played by Lady Augusta Gregory in preserving of these tales.
A fascinating, beautifully illustrated, exploration how human beings have sought to explain the universe through myth and stories.
In 778, the rearguard of Charlemagne’s retreating army was ambushed in the Pyrenees and defeated. The battle of Roncevaux became the inspiration for songs and poems celebrating deeds of valour in the face of overwhelming odds. In the mid 12th century, part of this great retelling of heroic deeds was The Song of Roland.