History of prose fiction Volume 2

9780217223690: History of prose fiction Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... the elements of Eastern, classic, and Slavonic traditions are chaotically mingled. The apocrypha had not at first the bad significance they later acquired, but were esteemed as interesting and instructive stories. When heretics began to make their own use of them they were condemned and an index of forbidden books was drawn up. The independent Bulgarian Index 1 (not from the Greek), enumerates both original Bulgarian and translated Apocrypha, all those enumerated existedin old Bulgarian literature, and they amounted to no fewer than one hundred works.2 We can only mention the names of a few: Adam and Eve. Adam's Lament, Vision of St. Paul, Pilgrimage of the Virgin through the sorrows (in this she is taken up by St. Michael to heaven where her prayers impetrate for sinners a respite from the torments of hell, during the period from Holy Thursday to Pentecost '), The Death of Abraham, The Story of the Wood of the Cross, Solomon and Kitovras, the Judgment of Solomon, the Legend of Aphroditian, The Priesthood of Jesus Christ. All these and a vast number of others were current, and the clergy, with a few enlightened exceptions, far from discouraging them, copied them into various collections. Along with the*e were numerous repertories of charms and spells against all kinds of afflictions, which had general vogue, especially in Bulgaria under the Bogotnil heretics in the tenth century1 and subsequently passed to Russia under the name of Bulgarian Fables. In the Legend of Solomon, which has endless variants, we have a strange medley. Solomon was, like many other heroes, destined to be put to death in his infancy,' and his mother commanded the servant charged with the infanticide to bring her his heart roasted, for which, however, the merciful...

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