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Merlin: The Prophet and His History

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Leading authority Geoffrey Ashe establishes the real identity of Merlin--King Arthur's mighty wizard and famous figure of medieval British legend. Ashe investigates the long legacy Merlin has left in literature and shows that, of all the characters in the Arthurian world it is Merlin, the magician, who has the strongest claims to having actually existed. This new book by t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 23rd 2006 by Sutton Publishing Ltd
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo by UnknownLe Morte d'Arthur, Vol. 1 by Thomas MaloryArthurian Romances by Chrétien de TroyesThe History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of MonmouthLe Morte d'Arthur, Vol. 2 by Thomas Malory
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Chris
Jun 20, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ashe produced his first book on the Arthurian legends – King Arthur’s Avalon – in 1957, and over half a century later he still returns to the Matter of Britain, most recently in this overview of Merlin (first published in 2006 as a hardback by Sutton, now subsumed into The History Press).

In his own words Ashe “traces the evolution of the legend, the growth of Merlin as a character, his possible historical aspect, and the principal treatments of him in literature,” and adds a supplementary list o
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María
Sep 15, 2015 María rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Algunas de las teorías y conclusiones sobre el posible origen histórico de la figura de Merlín me han resultado demasiado fantasiosas (desde mi falta de conocimientos profundos sobre el tema, claro), pero en general me ha parecido un resumen muy curioso e interesante sobre la figura del personaje.
Loki
Oct 01, 2014 Loki rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the origins and evolution of the legend of Merlin. Makes me want to read more of Ashe's work, to look at his similar treatments of the broader Arthurian legends.
Annie Chanse
Aug 15, 2015 Annie Chanse rated it did not like it
Meh. It rambles on and on.
Emily
Mar 06, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a history (or legend) kind of fan, so to give this book 4 stars means it's just that good. And I love Merlore, as I like to call it.
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Geoffrey Thomas Leslie Ashe is a British cultural historian, a writer of non-fiction books and novels.
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