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  • Subject:magicians
magician in Arthurian legend; primarily a creation of Geoffrey of Monmouth, who appears to have based his character on the prophet Myrddin as well as Ambrosius Aurelianus.
See also: King ArthurKing Arthur
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Ambrosius AurelianusAmbrosius Aurelianus
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Eson, Lawrence E., “Merlin’s last cry: ritual burial and rebirth of the poet in Celtic and Norse tradition”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 55 (2006): 181–200.
Padel, O. J., “Geoffrey of Monmouth and the development of the Merlin legend”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 51 (Summer, 2006): 37–65.
Constantine, Mary-Ann, “Neither flesh nor fowl: Merlin as bird-man in Breton folk tradition”, Arthurian Literature 21 (2004): 95–114.
Jarman, A. O. H., “The Merlin legend and the Welsh tradition of prophecy”, in: Bromwich, Rachel, A. O. H. Jarman, and Brynley F. Roberts (eds.), The Arthur of the Welsh. The Arthurian legend in medieval Welsh literature, Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages 1, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991. 117–145.
A prophecy in Irish prose attributed to Merlin
  • MERLIN (ascr.)
  • Irish language
  • Irish texts
Latin poem (139 hexametric lines) on Merlin and his prophecies, written by John of Cornwall in the middle of the 12th century in response to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account of the same subject. In the introduction, John dedicates his work to his patron Robert Warelwast (d. 1155), bishop of Exeter, and puts forward the claim that he is drawing on an independent Cornish source for his text. The text is accompanied by a prose commentary, notably including glosses in a variety of Brittonic, possibly Cornish, the origin and nature of which has been subject to some debate.
  • Latin language
  • Cornish texts
  • Merlin

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