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Merlin: Shaman, Prophet, Magician [Hardcover]

John Matthews

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11 Aug 2004
Arthurian expert, John Matthews examines the many guises of Merlin - as seer, prophet, magician, and as an inspirer of people from all walks of life. Here we see the possible historic orgins of Merlin, as Celtic King, the later literary forms of his growing legend in the myths of King Arthur, and his more recent manifestations in visionary works, as the prototype of characters such as Obi Wan Kanobi in the Star Wars films, in TV, and fantasy writing. Drawing on a wealth of works of art drawn from Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance times through to the modern era, as well as specially commissioned illustrations, this will be the first fully illustrated book on Merlin, the man.

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Hi. I'm John Matthews. I've written nearly a 100 books over the last 30 years or so. Books about many things. Pirates, King Arthur and the Grail Quest, Faeries, Robin Hood,and many more. I love folklore, history and film and I recently began writing for movies and TV, creating documentaries, TV scripts and motion pictures. I write in collaboration with many of my dearest friends, including Wil Kinghan, Ari Berk,and David Franzoni, and with some of the finest artists in the world, including Brian Froud, Charles Vess and Alan Lee. I have also written many books with my partner Caitlin Matthews, with whom I sometimes think I share a brain, and who knows what I'm thinking before I think it. I'm also beginning to collaborate with our son, the actor Emrys Matthews, with whom we wrote the wonderful Teen Oracle. I recently began to write books for younger readers, including graphic novels and the fabulous StoryWorld series. Writing so many books has always been hard work and it continues to be so, but I love the act of creation and cannot imagine ever doing anything else. I'm greatful to all the countless people who have read my books, especially those who made my book on Pirates a New York Times best seller in 2006. There are many more books to come, so I hope you'll keep reading, and keep pestering your booksellers to stock them!

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John Matthews is the author of various books on Arthurian and Celtic lore, among them a new illustrated edition of Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, and of the Pitkin Guide to Merlin. He is currently working as an advisor on the film King Arthur due for release in December 2004.

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5.0 out of 5 stars merlin for the coffee table 3 Feb 2010
By Frank Juszczyk, Ph.D. "Dr. J" - Published on
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This is a beautiful book, crammed with lovely color plates, lithographs, and illustrations documenting the life and legend of Merlin. The scholarship supporting the visual record is solid without being overly scholarly or pedantic. It is a book one delves into for the delight of the experience rather than to complete an intensive textbook study of Merlin as historical figure and mythic icon. The chapter entitled "The Return of Merlin" brings him into contemporary view as the hero of films both as himself and as the inspiration for pop culture characters such as Gandalf, Mister Spock, and Obi-wan Kenobi. This book is definitely a must-have for fans of the Necromantic arts in general and the Wild Man of the Woods in particular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb art! 13 Dec 2011
By David Adams - Published on
This book really does contain great images of Merlin and other scenes from the Arthur legend. Worth every penny for the pictures alone! I gave you a few good ones as examples . . .
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