Carolyne Larrington

Myths ancient and modern

Nicholas Jubber’s journey takes him from the Mediterranean to Iceland as he investigates Europe’s greatest epic poems

Six remarkable stories shape this book. Tracing the trajectories of the Odyssey to the Icelandic Njals Saga, via the Kosovo Cycle of heroic poems, the French Chanson de Roland, the German Nibelunglied and our own home-grown epic Beowulf, Nicholas Jubber’s new work is at once a travel journal, a meditation on the idea — and ideal — of Europe, and an exploration of a pivotal moment in the author’s own past.

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