by Jospeh Cambell (1st Edition published 1949)
It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.
The over-arching storyline for the Hero Myth:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
I've become increasingly interested in medieval allegory. A great deal of my research is going to start focusing on--
Pilgrim's Progress (1678) (1684)
Faerie Queene (c.1588)
Le Roman de la Rose (1237)(1277)
Piers Plowman (c.1370)
Divine Comedy (1308-21)
Canterbury Tales (1386-1400)
Morte 'd Arthur