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The Resource The true history of Merlin : the magician, Anne Lawrence-Mathers

The true history of Merlin : the magician, Anne Lawrence-Mathers

Label
The true history of Merlin : the magician
Title
The true history of Merlin
Title remainder
the magician
Statement of responsibility
Anne Lawrence-Mathers
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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. In this book Anne Lawrence-Mathers 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 well as being a seer and a proto-alchemist. His powers were convincingly real and useful, for they helped to add credibility to the "long-lost" history of Britain which first revealed them to a European public. Merlin's prophecies reassuringly foretold Britain's path, establishing an ancient ancestral line and linking biblical prophecy with more recent times. Merlin helped to put British history into world history. Lawrence-Mathers also explores the meaning of Merlin's magic across the centuries, arguing that he embodied ancient Christian and pagan magical traditions, recreated for a medieval court and shaped to fit a new moral framework. Linking Merlin's perceived reality and power with the culture of the Middle Ages, this remarkable book reveals the true impact of the most famous magician of all time."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lawrence-Mathers, Anne
Dewey number
809/.93351
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN686.M4
LC item number
L39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Geoffrey
  • Merlin
  • Arthurian romances
Label
The true history of Merlin : the magician, Anne Lawrence-Mathers
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The discovery of Merlin -- Writing the history of Merlin -- The British Merlin -- The curious career of Merlin the astrologer -- Merlin's magic -- A demonic heritage -- Merlin in Europe -- Love and death -- Conclusion: The measure of Merlin
Control code
785864711
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9780300144895
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012017297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)785864711
Label
The true history of Merlin : the magician, Anne Lawrence-Mathers
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The discovery of Merlin -- Writing the history of Merlin -- The British Merlin -- The curious career of Merlin the astrologer -- Merlin's magic -- A demonic heritage -- Merlin in Europe -- Love and death -- Conclusion: The measure of Merlin
Control code
785864711
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9780300144895
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012017297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)785864711

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