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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750941502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750941501
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Ashe is widely regarded as one of the leading Arthurian specialists and is author of A Guide to Arthurian Britain, Avalonian Quest, The Quest for Arthur's Britain, Camelot and the Vision of Albion and the classic The Discovery of King Arthur (Sutton 2003). A former secretary of the Camelot Research Committee, he now lives in Glastonbury. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jazzycat on 21 Jan 2009
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When Geoffrey Ashe is the author, I know I can rely upon my attention being grabbed and held, and that from the first page to the last I will be absorbed by his amazing ability to conjure images of a world long gone. This book doesn't fail, and I am delighted with it...except for one thing. It doesn't have an index. This is all very well if you only want a book to read read from cover to cover and then put aside until the next time you feel like reading it. However, if, like me, you like to dip into it for specific things, an index is essential.

If it weren't for this niggle, I wouldn't hesitate to give five stars, but an index is important to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AndrewL94 VINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2009
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Merlin is an important figure in the mythology and literature of Britain - and indeed Europe. But we have few facts about his life.

If you want a matter-of-fact but short exposition of the main literary sources of the Merlin legend - this is a good place to start. If you want to know whether Merlin the enchanter really existed, you will always be disappointed. Such questions will probably never be answered.

Geoffrey Ashe is an acknowledged authority and writes in an accessible style. One minor quibble - much of it is told in the present tense. There are times when you are unsure whether you are reading yet another tall story, or real archeological evidence.

Probably the former, as the latter is almost completely absent (sadly).
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A well written thought provoking book that I really enjoyed. I like the Authors way of writing, as he allows you to take the journey and to form your own opinions through guidance rather than telling you "this is how it is", and the conclusion has left me wanting to continue my journey of discovery.
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By ali gasson on 10 Aug 2013
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I am absolutely infatuated with Merlin and the Arthurian legends. This book is so informative and details so much of the history. I know when I visit Glastonbury and the surrounding areas, Arthur is still there. Thank you.
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Making a lengend real 28 Jun 2008
By Bret R. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up as part of a research project on Arthurian legends. Ashe is one of the foremost authorities on the subject, and his writings are entertaining and very approachable.

This book is set against the backdrop of Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain. Ashe traces Merlin's appearance in Geoffrey's work, and then takes the reader through historical records of secular and non-secular writings. Through it all, Ashe builds a case for the existence of Merlin (though not the magical being our current era has come to adopt) as a real person (or persons).

Though a little academic (familiarity with the works of Wace, The Pearl Poet, and French lore is a plus, but not absolutely necessary)this book is entertaining enough for it to be a good primer for those looking for the history behind the legend.
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Excellent book, but badly formatted for Kindle 31 May 2013
By Simon Esposito - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It may be alright on larger devices, but the sample on my Kindle Paperwhite comes out with error-riddled line justification. This confuses paragraph divisions, and is actually MORE distracting and annoying than unjustified lines (fully ragged right edge). But at the price being asked anything less than perfect justification is inexcusable - many books a fifth of the price manage without errors. To be fair, at least I can't see any obvious typos - and a clean text is the most important thing.

I suppose I'll end up buying it, anyway! The book itself seems very appealing, offering a more historical interpretation of Merlin to set alongside the shamanic and poetic view of John and Caitlin Mathews.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun to read 20 May 2013
By Texas Gal - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book about Merlin, but I got bogged down in it and haven't been able to finish it...not exactly the sort of book you can't put down.
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