Books on Myths and Legends

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.

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Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies book

Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies

Illustrator Victo Ngai has beautifully visualised eight of the stories in this fascinating collection that reflects the defining philosophies of Chinese culture. With a preface by author Yiyun Li.

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Beowulf book

Beowulf

The classic Old English epic is presented here with a side-by-side translation by Seamus Heaney.

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Over Sea, Under Stone book

Over Sea, Under Stone

Susan Cooper

The first book in the award-winning The Dark is Rising sequence, Over Sea, Under Stone is a fantastical adventure set among forces of Light and Dark. Laura Carlin illustrates, with a new preface by the author.

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Folk Tales of Britain: Legends book

Folk Tales of Britain: Legends

Katharine M. Briggs

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.

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Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives book

Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives

Katharine M. Briggs

This beautifully bound and illustrated edition of Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives is the perfect way to appreciate stories that are at the very heart of our cultural heritage.

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Folktales of the Native American book

Folktales of the Native American

Dee Brown

A collection of 36 captivating tales gracefully retold by the author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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The Vision of Piers the Plowman book

The Vision of Piers the Plowman

William Langland

One of the greatest medieval allegories. Includes a wonderful facing-page translation which sets the poem’s original beauty alongside an elegant modern reading edition.

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Robin Hood book

Robin Hood

James Clarke Holt

J. C. Holt’s authoritative exploration of the myth and history of England’s greatest folk hero is considered the definitive work on the subject.

Out of print Price: US$ 54.95

The Song of Roland book

The Song of Roland

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.

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The Voyage of Argo book

The Voyage of Argo

Apollonius of Rhodes

The poetic account of Jason's quest for the golden fleece, written in the third century BC and now an inspiration for artist Daniel Egnéus.

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