Finding Merlin The Truth Behind the Legend PDF/EPUB

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. Elisabeth Wheatley Elisabeth Wheatley 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 historyNonetheless I thought that Adam Ardrey's elaboration on Merlin's nemesis Mungo or St Kentigern came across as anti Christian and felt rather over powering While Ardrey points out in the beginning that certainly not all Christians are extremist power hungry radicals like St Kentigern and his followers I think he should have mentioned that a few times so that the reader wouldn't forget I think he should have also pointed out that the Christian faith does not teach that we should act the way these Christians supposedly didThe other thing I took issue with was how Ardrey painted Merlin and the other Druids as modern men of science and says that it was the superstitious Mungo Christians who associated sorcery with Merlin's name Ardrey sort of neglects the fact that Druids were nature worshippers and would have believed in things like prophecy and the gift of foresight Instead the image he weaves is one of the Christian faith putting an end to science and learning When in truth it was not the Christian faith but men who used the Christian faith as a route to power that brought about the Dark AgesThis book told me about things I never knew about Merlin but I'm afraid to say I'm not sure that this books tells the whole and complete story The writer often makes what seem to me to be huge extrapolations from rather small bits of evidence and often seems to forget that sixth century Britain was not uite as liberal as today However I'll let you decide for yourselves I rated this book 3 stars because I respect the work that went into it but I think it takes sides to an extreme


  2. Lauren Lauren 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 read as an in class essay exam where the student is word vomiting everything they can possibly remember about a subject with no chance of organizing said material The chapters were all over the map and the content of the chapters was just as scattered Again the fault of the editor and not the authorIt should have been called Finding Mungo and Other Key Players in Sixth Century Legend Merlin was only directly discussed for about 50 60 pages Mungo for about 150 and Kings and other key players for the other 100 Ardrey's premise behind the book of peeling back layers of history and legend to find the Druid Merlin was and is still promising When Ardrey did discuss the practice of the old Celtic religion and how Merlin may have fit in the material was uite good The lack of training however is evident in the material he presents Ardrey lacks a firm understanding of the medieval church but to be fair so do a lot of people and so much of his material on this subject is skewed The pedantic air in Ardrey's vocabulary was frustrating The use of obvious preposterous and ridiculous lost him a lot of credibility To be fair his use of linguistics was uite interesting for names Scholars have been researching the legend of Merlin for some time and I can't imagine that certain discoveries of his were so obvious He may truly be uite brilliant to discover certain connections but using the word obvious causes me to uestion them And using the words preposterous and ridiculous only highlight the author's strong bias and not the intelligence of his sources It seems unwise to call your sources morons Using the word unlikely would have been less polarizing Again had an editor seriously combed through Ardrey's work it could have been rather enjoyable and interesting Alas it was not


  3. Bondama Bondama says:

    If ever there were a boringly written scholastically shaky self agrandizing writer I do not know who it might beTo 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 basically this guy doesn't botherThe only reason I wrote this review was to warn off any potential readers save your time


  4. Lori Lori 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 argument that writers in the early middle ages had to code their works to present Christianity in a favorable light thus obscuring the true account of Merlin


  5. Holly Ites Holly Ites 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. Sarah Denis Sarah Denis 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 be likely to think she was perceived as having an affair from being in a compromising position like being alone with the alleged lover It's reminiscent of people assuming someone is autistic Is he on the spectrum?? when they're probably likely just woefully socially awkward Rhydderch and Languoreth married for politics not loveThis directly ties in with his random assumption that St Kentigern's father was into crossdressing so therefore that was the reason she didn't want to marry him Maybe Jocelyn didn't mention the crossdressing because it never happened Those sources that mention the episode put me in mind of Pamela the 1740 book about a maid preyed on by her master At one point he dresses up as a woman and hides in her room in order to rape her Why is it so implausible that Taneu didn't want to marry a man who was trying to rape her? I posit that her desire to not marry him had nothing to do with crossdressing and everything to do with not wanting to be married Another issue I have is with his writing which at times sounds like he's analytically flailing There's a number of times he gets evidence and then makes a conclusion and sticks to it like a tick on a dog He has great sources but does not consider all the potential outcomes to which could be possibleI am not at all surprised by the Christian aggressions perpetuated and lead by St MungoKentigern It fits with history and the events portrayed within The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey


  7. P B Norris P B Norris 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 this book I could feel the authors passion and love of both the story and Scotland It all fits together nicely and I want to believe he is right although I am from the South of England I would rather Merlin be placed in Scotland if that's where he belongs I really enjoyed this book and am now looking to reading Arthur if and when it's written


  8. Donna Bull Donna Bull 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 ueen 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 for the historical fiction trilogy The Lost ueen by Signe Pike which focuses on Langoureth and is an excellent read as well


  9. Jason Jason 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 But hey its his book and it isn't going to stop me from reading of his books I thoroughly enjoyed it


  10. Scott Scott 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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