The Travels

Marco Polo 1254 1329 has achieved an almost archetypal status as a traveller, and his Travels is one of the first great travel books of Western literature, outside the ancient world The Travels recounts Polo s journey to the eastern court of Kublai Khan, the chieftain of the Mongol empire which c

Njal's Saga

Written in the thirteenth century, Njal s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control.

The Essential Rumi

This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and than 80 never before published poems n nThrough his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, maki

Vita Nuova

Vita Nuova 1292 94 is regarded as one of Dante s most profound creations The thirty one poems in the first of his major writings are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love Composed upon Dante s meeting with Beatrice and the Lord of Love, it is a love s

The Nibelungenlied

Written by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful