English Fairy Tales Illustrations|
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In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a boom in the popularity of English folklore, particularly in the form of meticulously researched books collecting old stories and preserving them for a modern audience. This included stories from early written sources, chronicles and an oral tradition which was in danger of dying out. Fairy stories, Celtic myths and a lot of secondary Arthurian material won a second lease on life as a result. J. M. Dent and Sons published popular versions of many of these stories in illustrated editions organized thematically. One of these was English Fairytales, collected and edited by Ernest and Grace Rhys and illustrated by Herbert Cole and R. Anning Bell. This collection includes familiar stories like "Jack the Giant killer" and "Dick Whittington and His Cat" plus some Arthurian tales, some well-known like "The Green Knight" and some more unusual like "The Giant of St. Michaels." Presented below is one of the more unusual stories, an Arthurian legend which isn't well known. At the end of the story you'll find information on a special offer on a mini=package of the collected illustrations from the 1906 edition of English Fairy Tales.
WHEN KING ARTHUR was king of this realm, it befell at one time that He departed and entered into the sea at Sandwich with all his army, with a great multitude of ships, galleys, and dromons, sailing on the sea.
We've collected all 13 of the images in English Fairytales into a special mini-package which is available for $10 from our ONLINE ORDERING page with an immediate download.