Long ago expelled from the ranks of the nobility on account of his worthless behaviour, the knight had cultivated a connexion with some discontented idle burghers of the city, and these he hoped to make the ministers of his vengeance. -from "The Massacre at Prague" These strange tales of Jewish folklore make the Brothers Grimm look cheery, with their emphases on murder, bigotry, revenge, and other sordid human impulses: . "The Bird That Sang to a Bridegroom" features an appearance by the Angel of Death. . "The Pound of Flesh" tells the legend that provided Shakespeare his source material for his grim play The Merchant of Venice. . "The Ape and the Gold Pieces" features the decaying carcass of the titular primate. . "The Prisoner of the Inquisition" is a "monstrous" tale of unjust imprisonment. A tad intense, perhaps, for the children it was obviously intended for, it is nevertheless a darkly delicious read for grownups. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Field's The Alchemy of Happiness and Shadows Cast Before. CLAUD FIELD is also author of Mystics and Saints of Islam, Heroes of Missionary Enterprise, and Persian Literature.
Series: Cosimo Classics Mythology and Folklore
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 17th November 2005
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.18