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on 12 April 2017
Excellent.
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on 15 September 2014
A typical Geo Monmouth corrupt production from elements of his self confessed source the 'very ancient book in the British (Welsh) tongue'. Hardly takes us anywhere other than reinforcing the partial view of Welsh history redacted to purpose by a Breto-Norman lord in the pay of the Angevins.

Mike Field
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on 7 July 2009
I'm a big fan of publishing houses who reprint original texts and basic translations of them - and this edition has nice clean white pages and clear print too. The price is astonishingly low. But for a little more you can get the same translation with the Latin text as well. 'Who wants that?' you say. Well, frankly, if you've got time to read this stuff, you've got time to learn Latin. You know it makes sense.
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on 11 December 2010
This is a reprint of JJ Parry's very literal prose translation from the 1920s, which was originally published as a parallel to a scholarly edition of the Latin text. The English is very stiff and dry -- in fairness, though, it was not really meant to be read just in English but was created as a sort of crib for the Latin.

For a livelier, more up-to-date version in English try Mark Walker's new verse translation instead: The Life of Merlin.
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on 20 March 2016
I am collecting all of the Arthurian books for my own personal interest. This is a must as part of that.
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on 6 May 2015
Good book
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on 13 November 2016
good
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on 11 June 2012
Typical that a Gem like this becomes so overlooked, short book to read yet beautiful. This is based on traditional material about the Welsh prophet Merlin from Carmarthen. Written in 1155 AD, you cant purchase the first book he was ever written in "the black book of Carmarthen" in English only translated from ancient Welsh to modern Welsh, so this is the next best thing. Its things like this that become overlooked, when the legend of Deirdre of Ireland those books fly off the shelf... for reasons I can't explain.
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on 17 November 2010
The book is beautifully presented with crisp white pages and the print is lovely to read but be warned, this is not Merlin's life story! It is however a collection of Irish and Scottish legends placed into Merlin's mouth as prophecies (and not very clear ones at that).

We were all warned at school to take Geoffrey of Monmouth with a pinch of salt and with good reason.

The book has some laughable natural history (Ostrich chicks are hatched by the sun not their mothers, for instance).

Enjoy this book as historical fiction.
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