Curious myths of the middle ages by Sabine Baring-GouldCurious myths of the middle ages by Sabine Baring-Gould

Curious myths of the middle ages

bySabine Baring-Gould

Paperback | August 22, 2012

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Excerpt: ...then, of Pg 127 the mother of Napoleon with the Greek Leto and the Latin Latona, is established conclusively. 4. According to the popular story, this son of Letitia had three sisters; and was it not the same with the Greek deity, who had the three Graces? 5. The modern Gallic Apollo had four brothers. It is impossible not to discern here the anthropomorphosis of the four seasons. But, it will be objected, the seasons should be females. Here the French language interposes; for in French the seasons are masculine, with the exception of autumn, upon the gender of which grammarians are undecided, whilst Autumnus in Latin is not more feminine than the other seasons. This difficulty is therefore trifling, and what follows removes all shadow of doubt. Of the four brothers of Napoleon, three are said to have been kings, and these of course are, Spring reigning over the flowers, Summer reigning over the harvest, Autumn holding sway over the fruits. And as these three seasons owe all to the powerful influence of the Sun, we are told in the popular myth that the three brothers of Napoleon drew their authority from him, and received from him their kingdoms. But if it be added that, of the four Pg 128 brothers of Napoleon, one was not a king, that was because he is the impersonification of Winter, which has no reign over anything. If, however, it be asserted, in contradiction, that the winter has an empire, he will be given the principality over snows and frosts, which, in the dreary season of the year, whiten the face of the earth. Well, the fourth brother of Napoleon is thus invested by popular tradition, commonly called history, with a vain principality accorded to him in the decline of the power of Napoleon. The principality was that of Canino, a name derived from cani, or the whitened hairs of a frozen old age,
Title:Curious myths of the middle agesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217825591

ISBN - 13:9780217825597

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