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The True History of Merlin the Magician

Anne Lawrence-Mathers


Merlin the Magician has remained an enthralling and curious individual since he was first introduced in the twelfth century though the pages of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae. But although the Merlin of literature and Arthurian myth is well known, Merlin the “historical” figure and his relation to medieval magic are less familiar. This book explores just who he was, and what he has meant to Britain. The historical Merlin was no rough magician: he was a learned figure from the cutting edge of medieval science and adept in astrology, cosmology, prophecy, and natural magic, as w ... More

Keywords: Merlin, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae, Arthurian myth, medieval magic, medieval science, astrology, cosmology, prophecy, proto-alchemist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300144895
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300144895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Lawrence-Mathers, author