Merlin A bestselling author and professor brings the historical figure of Merlin to life the Merlin who prophesied his own death and was a counselor to kings as well as a scientist humanist and man of myst

  • Title: Merlin
  • Author: Norma Lorre Goodrich
  • ISBN: 9780531150603
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A bestselling author and professor brings the historical figure of Merlin to life the Merlin who prophesied his own death and was a counselor to kings as well as a scientist, humanist, and man of mystery.

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    • Miranda says:

      "The man, Merlin/Saint Dubricius, a wondrous prodigy, has even now supplied history with a retrospective pattern of crisis and human response the we treasure, like his voice form the so very long ago, speaking as a survivor of terrible perils and penance."My goal today was to finish this book. It look me a while because it is a very scholarly work and got dull at times. But I am a sucker for history, especially this time period. I just love the myth and rich history that lies beneath the Arthuri [...]

    • Flint Johnson says:

      Having done the hard research, I can see the one massive flaw in Goodrich's methodology. She has read a great deal (in literature) and she is a good writer to capture audience. Her problem, she never bothers to tell the reader how the sources she is using fit in with the sources she ignores. She rarely mentions the other sources. She simply jumps from literature to literature as she takes the reader on a merry ride. If she had any historical knowledge she would have known that "Merlin" was activ [...]

    • Emmy says:

      This book is about a man named merlin.He has magic powers .He also has is not scared of dragons and any creature in the woods.The problem was that since their was a king the king wanted to do a new castle .But close by, there was a big dragon in a big dark cave, then merlin use his pawers to move the dragon to another place. I like this this book because in some parts it gots mysteries and also it kind of aventuries.I would reccommend this book to people who like magic book and fairytales like m [...]

    • Bookendsused Pefferly says:

      An excellent exploration to find the historical Merlin. I like Norma Goodrich. She is a lively writer who follows where the history takes her. I've read too many history based books where an author will bend time, space and reason to fit the theory. Norma sets out on a quest and begins with a theory and sometimes finds that historical documentation, geography, etc takes her somewhere beyond the theory so she follows the leads to where they go rather than BSing her way through.This book was thoro [...]

    • Reyannan Miller says:

      An excellent writer who bases her beliefs with carefully gathered I historical data. Reads like a textbook, and at that level, it is nicely done. To the skeptics of Camelot and the Arthurian legend you have to take a leap of faith occasionally. Some could argue that it is just a revisionists perception of an historical possibility; however, we all bring our own thoughts and prejudices to each new read and often a book read at the age of twenty something takes on a new meaning at forty something. [...]

    • Chuck says:

      This books focuses on the literary and "historical" Merlin. I found the book fascinating, but a little hard to follow. The author throws a lot at you. I read this book for general interest and for development of a character so perhaps it is more for an Arthurian scholar. Suffice to say if you have more than a passing interest in Arthurian history and mythology, I recommend this book, just plan on taking a little bit of time with it.

    • Dominique says:

      I couldn't finish this book largely due to the author's insistence tht what she was telling the reader about Merlin was fact, not speculation. I do not consider myself an expert on Camelot, but I do know enough that it is filled with a lot of uncertainty. We do not no for certain when, or even if, Merlin and Arthur lived.

    • Nicole Diamond says:

      If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing

    • Dave says:

      I loved King Arthur, but found Merlin to be both less revelatory and less convincing. I accept her thesis for the identity of Merlin, but it was so drawn out that I only finished the book to be able to say I finished it.

    • Cathy says:

      Explores historical clues as to Merlin's true idenity.

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