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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. If you're looking for the standard novel about Merlin's life, this is not the book, but I found it very well-written and interesting. Ardrey relies on a large number of resources to assemble his version of the history of Merlin including the those whose goal was to paint a poor picture of 'the magician'.
The fairly unique thing about Ardrey's writing is that he always provides the exact words of the resource, gives his view of reality and why he came to that conclusion, and implicitly allows the reader to make his or her own assumption.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history Europe at this time. Perfect for what I needed. Well written and probably has a lot of work behind the words. However, one is led down a path that says if this, then maybe that. I would like much more in the reference area.
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Good read, in spite of the reference problem. Merlin's dates are hypothesized as ca. A picture of the medieval castle at Cadzow is embossed on the book cover. His archenemy, Mungo is described by the Scottish author as a ruthless, intolerant Roman Christian fanatic who even had some of his adversaries assassinated: We can learn a little bit about Merlin's alleged friendship with the Chief of Bards, Taliesin of Rheged. The downfall of the Cumbrian sage, as well as that of Taliesin p. While I appreciate Ardrey's trying to fill in the blanks and theorizing about possible motives of persons involved against the background marked by historical events, such as Gwenddolau's defeat at the battle of Arderydd in , Mungo's zealous activity in Glasgow, wars against the Northumbrian Angles in which the historical Dalriatan Scots warlord Arthu i r mac Aedan AD p.
Overall, the book reads well, albeit occasionally I lost track of the author's thread, as in chapter 8 haphazard transitioning into ch.
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Elsewhere I find his etymologization, as in ch. The one major flaw of Ardrey's thesis as laid out in chapter 8 pp.
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