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The Post-Vulgate Cycle by Norris J. Lacy
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: arthurian, myth-legend-saga-etc, medieval-literature
Read in July, 2011

The Merlin Continuation is part of the Post-Vulgate Cycle, which bridges between The Story of Merlin and a new version of The Quest for the Holy Grail. It doesn't contradict the Lancelot too much, but the tone is significantly different -- I suppose, in a way, it's more realistic, with fewer marvels and more petty feuding. Gawain is less admirable, I'd say, here -- actually, pretty much everyone is less admirable.

Again, the translation's clear and the footnotes are helpful and good. This volume has a distinct introduction, too, which helps to contextualise it.
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