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Elfinspell Online Introduction To:

Early English Romances in Verse,
done into Modern English
Edith Rickert

This is an excellent introduction to old legends of chivalry. Truly, it is easy to see how these stories could charm all those powerful men and women during the long dark nights of winter.

The notes are very good and helpful. Although the older style of language and form is preserved, it does not make comprehension impossible. This is the best work of this sort on Elfinspell, though all the people who decided to translate these marvellous stories (as opposed to only working on the dull chronicles by zealous, didactic monks) had the right spirit: To entertain and enlighten!

My own favorite is Floris and Blancheflour, because it reminds me so much of Tor(e)y, my daughter. I smiled the whole way through this story. Women with gumption, cleverness, honor and loyalty fill these pages, just like her.

You may choose to begin with the author’s Introduction, which is very well done, but it may be better to read it after the fun. Should you like to begin with the first story, click here, and begin with the best of the bunch, Floris and Blancheflour.



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