Spanish and Basque Legends

Spanish and Basque Legends

A People’s Chronicle from Prehistory to the 21st Century

“In the present day, when popular literature is running into the low levels of life, and luxuriating on the vices and follies of mankind; and when the universal pursuit of gain is trampling down the early growth of poetic feeling, and wearing out the verdure of the soul, I question whether it would not be of service for the reader occasionally to turn to these records of prouder times and loftier modes of thinking; and to steep himself to the very lips in old Spanish romance.” Washington Irving, from the “Spanish Romance” chapter in Tales of the Alhambra, 1832

“To discard, however, everything wild and marvellous in this portion of Spanish history [the sometimes fanciful chronicles], is to discard some of its most beautiful, instructive, and national features; it is to judge of Spain by the standard of probability suited to tamer and more prosaic countries.”
Washington Irving, from Spanish Papers, 1866


Prehistory and Early Christian Era

The Coming of the Almujuces
How the Basques Discovered Ireland
How the Celts of Spain Discovered Ireland
Why February Has 28 Days
Saint John’s Eve Bonfires
When the Pyrenees Were Green
San Martín Txiki and the Basajauns
The Lagoon of Antela

Early Middle Ages (8-11th centuries)

King Rodrigo and the Losing of Spain
Pelayo, the Saviour of Spain
The Tribute of the Hundred Maidens
“A Toledan Night”

The Jaun Zuria Cycle

Jaun Zuria - The Golden-haired Lord
The Death of Lekobide
The Death of Munso López
The Goat-foot Lady

Guifré the Hairy and Charles the Bald
The Maimed Maidens of Simancas
Ramiro and Aldonza

The Cycle of the Counts of Castile

Historical Background
Fernán González, First Sovereign Count of Castile
Garcí Fernández and the Traitor Countess
The Traitor Countess and her Son
“Widowed Before She Was Wed”
The Seven Princes of Lara (or Salas)
The Cave of the Sleepers

Late Middle Ages (12-16th centuries)

El Cid
The Burnt Hand
Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
San Andrés de Teixido
The Vow of Muño Sancho
María Pérez the Manly
The Lagarto of La Malena
The Lagarto of Seville
The Lovers of Teruel
Diego Machacha and the Unforgiven Offence
The Valour of Garcí Pérez
Three Miracles of Our Lady
The Chest of Relics and the Chasuble of San Ildefonso
Guzmán the Good – of the Heroic Deed of Tarifa
Pedro the Cruel and Enrique the Bastard
The Bridge of San Martín
“He who would eat the kernel ...”
La Torre de la Malmuerta – The Tower of the Wrongful Death
Two Alcaides of Antequera
La Peña de los Enamorados – Lovers Peak
The Marriage Bond of the Lovers of Antequera
El Paso Honroso – The Pass of Honour
The Pass of the Sigh of the Moor
The Man Without a Shadow

Modern Times

La Calle de la Cabeza – The Street of the Head
La Casa del Duende – The House of the Devil
The Holy Companion
The Watch of King Juan Carlos

Timeless Tales

The Aqueduct of Segovia
The Bridges at Soravilla and Oiartzun
The Black Lake
The Fire of Mafasca
The Postman from Purgatory
La Virgen de los Alfileritos – The Virgin of the Pins
The Hand and the Key of the Alhambra
“Between Pinto and Valdemoro”


Count Olinos
The Lover and Death
The Lover and the Corpse


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