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Merlin and Legendary Romance

ISBN 9781138995796
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

An indepth work on the origins of the Merlin of Arthurian legend, this book examines early texts, thirteenth century romances focusing particularly on Merlin as a character, rather than those where Merlin is a background cast member. The outline here starts with looking at the genre and the place of fantasy, moving on to consider the attitudes towards magic and magic-users in medieval times. Main works considered are Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and Vita Merlini; the Vulgate cycle, Suite du Merlin; and finally Malory’s work. The author asserts that each portrays a different approach to Merlin but all are tied to history and to the Christian religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Good Magician Before Merlin: Secular Tales and Saints’ Lives  2. Merlin the Prophet: Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia  3. Merlin Beatified: The Vita Merlini  4. The King’s Right Hand: The Vulgate Merlin  5. Magician Beware: The Suite du Merlin  6. Conclusion: Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.  Appendix 1: Summary, Robert de Boron’s Merlin.  Appendix 2: Summary, Vulgate Merlin.  Appendix 3: Summary, Suite du Merlin

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