Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe

Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe


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'The prose is colourful and vigorous ... Jubber's journeying has indeed been epic, in scale and in ambition. In this thoughtful travelogue he has woven together colourful ancient and modern threads into a European tapestry that combines the sombre and the sparkling' Spectator
'A genuine epic' Wanderlust

Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to theNibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times.

These are the stories that made Europe.

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.

The great European epics were all inspired by moments of seismic change: The Odyssey tells of the aftermath of the Trojan War, the primal conflict from which much of European civilisation was spawned. The Song of the Nibelungen tracks the collapse of a Germanic kingdom on the edge of the Roman Empire. Both the French Song of Roland and the Serbian Kosovo Cycleemerged from devastating conflicts between Christian and Muslim powers. Beowulf, the only surviving Old English epic, and the great Icelandic Saga of Burnt Njal, respond to times of great religious struggle - the shift from paganism to Christianity. These stories have stirred passions ever since they were composed, motivating armies and revolutionaries, and they continue to do so today.

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.

Title:Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
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    Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe Reviews

  • Lou

    Epic Continent is writer, traveller and passionate history lover Nicolas Jubber's fourth book and explores the connection between storytelling, both the past and present and the impact centuries-old t...

  • Bandit

    The idea is if you can’t travel, read a travelogue. Isn’t that one of the best things about reading? The ways it can sort of supplement the real life, providing whatever excitement isn’t there. ...

  • Luke Nyland

    This is an exciting and extremely well-written book. You really get a sense of the excitement Nick felt on his travels. I was lucky enough to go to a talk he was giving about the book and its themes, ...

  • Siobhan

    Epic Continent is a literary travelogue that charts the locations, history, and reception of six European epics. Focusing on change, war, and dominant narratives, these stories often span locations an...

  • L A

    Thanks to John Murray Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.This is a pretty cool idea for a book. The author goes on a personal odyssey, visiting the locati...

  • Anett Kovacs

    Epic Continent by Nicholas Jubber is a very well written and fascinating journey through Europe on the footsteps of six European epics. But it is so much more than a travelogue - from Greece to Icelan...

  • Victoria

    Review to come. ...