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Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend Merlin the very name evokes intriguing images magician, wise man, prophet, adviser to Arthur, counsellor of Camelot The legend is famous but not the truth that Merlin was a historical figure, a Briton, who hailed not from England or Wales, as traditional wisdom would have it, but from ScotlandAdam Ardrey brings back to life Merlin s role in the cataclysmic battles between reason and religion of sixth century Britain battles which Merlin would ultimately lose From the time of his death up until the present day, historical records relating to Merlin have been altered, his true provenance and importance obscured and his name changed to mean Madman The same fate awaited Merlin s twin sister, Languoreth, as intelligent and powerful as her brother but, as a woman, a greater threat to the power of church and state Languoreth s existence was all but obliterated and her story lost until now Finding Merlin uncovers new evidence and re examines the old The places where Merlin was born, lived, died and was buried are identified, as well as the people surrounding him his nemesis Mungo and his friend the hero Arthur In this impressively well researched and accessibly written book, Merlin walks from the pages of legend into history

10 thoughts on “Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend

  1. says:

    Let s start with the positive, shall we On the plus side, I thought this book was researched on a very deep level and the writer truly put forth an effort to tell what he believes to be the truth I admire the dedication that clearly went into the making of this book and the passion with which the writer tells us about this mysterious time in history.Nonetheless,

  2. says:

    For starters, this book is in terrible need of an editor I m looking at you Overlook I will think thrice about ever reading another one of your publications I should have known that a book whose spine is misspelled on the dust jacket Finding Merln is a sign of the lack of attention to detail inside The book readas an in class essay exam where the student is word

  3. says:

    If ever there were aboringly written, scholastically shaky, self agrandizing writer, I do not know who it might be.To take a madly fascinating subject like the true history of the personage called Merlin, one must use the care and attention practiced by a truly good art restoration expert You must strip away the veils of centuries of legend to dig for the truthand

  4. says:

    I think he makes fairly good arguments Despite what some critics have said, he does not present this a absolutely, definitely true He is careful to use words like I think, its probable, etc I think the real problem people had with this work is that he presented Merlin as anti Christian The response this book has gotten in the modern era does give validity to his ar

  5. says:

    While Ardrey provides ample logical research regarding the life of Merlin and is certainly closer to actual history, I ll not give up the romantic version of him as a mentor and magician in the legend of King Arthur I would not recommend this book to anyone who takes offense to reading about early Christian tyranny, especially those of Catholic faith.

  6. says:

    I liked this book and it makes a nice story but I do have some big issues with the author My biggest one is his assumption that Rhydderch Hael must have been gay because his wife had an affair As demonstrated in Broadchurch and assorted politicians having affairs today, people have affairs for all sorts of reasons My spouse is gay is infinitesimally rare I d belikely

  7. says:

    Fact or fictionI had this book thrust at me after I had just read about Atlantis the the Pyramids Both interesting at times books but hard going, I was reluctant to read this one, I m glad I did True or not I don t know but it s well researched and well written I learnt so much about the coming of Christianity and the Angles, the Picts and the Druids While reading thi

  8. says:

    This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to know the real story behind Merlin However, the best part is discovering Langoureth, Merlin s twin sister and a Queen of Scotland Adam does an amazing job bringing together so many different source materials and making logical arguments for the real story of Merlin Very readable This book is also the jumping off point fo

  9. says:

    Fascinating read While I don t take it as gospel truth, Adam Ardrey has certainly done his homework Legends have to come from somewhere, and Ardrey makes an excellent case for the historical Merlin The only reason I give this less than 5 stars is the author s placement of Merlin and the old way of the Druids on a pedestal, and his rather obvious contempt of Christianity

  10. says:

    I don t know whether Audrey s Merlin is the Merlin, but this book shows why we will probably never know for sure It was really good at giving me an understanding of how history can change over time, and how It was also good at showing how Christianity eliminated the competition I had never heard of the battle of Arderydd before reading this.

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