Epic Continent : Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe-9781473665804

Epic Continent : Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe

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Author(s): Jubber, Nicholas,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 19/03/2020,
Pagination: 336 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd,
Published By: John Murray Press,
Book Classification: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Political geography, Travel writing
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9781473665804
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Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020

These are the stories that made Europe.

Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia.

In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.

Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.