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Merlin (Legendary character)

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Works: 1,107 works in 2,651 publications in 12 languages and 129,233 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Fantasy fiction  Arthurian romances  Historical fiction  Legends  Drama  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Classifications: PR6069.T46, FIC
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Publications about Merlin (Legendary character)
Most widely held works about Merlin (Legendary character)
    The crystal cave by Mary Stewart( Book )
    61 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 4,246 libraries worldwide
    Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys -- or as he would later be known, Merlin -- leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon ... and the conception of Arthur -- king for once and always
    The hollow hills by Mary Stewart( Book )
    37 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 4,061 libraries worldwide
    Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon as he grows, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by a vision of a magical sword--the fabled sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. Sheathed in fire and stone, water and ice, the sword of the Emperor Maximus is destined to reveal the true High King. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the sword from a perilous chapel to claim his destiny and become the true High King of Britain
    Geoffrey of Monmouth by Geoffrey( Book )
    72 editions published between 1842 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 3,699 libraries worldwide
    We know of the Pearl poet only from the four extraordinary poems composed sometime during the late fourteenth century and preserved in a small handwritten manuscript held in the British Library. Sandra Pierson Prior here presents a thorough introduction to these four treasures: Pearl, a dream poem mourning the death of a young maiden; Cleanness and Patience, retellings of biblical narratives stressing their respective virtues; and the famous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a brilliantly conceived Arthurian romance. Prior launches her close readings of each of the poems with background on the Pearl poet's Ricardian milieu where, with Chaucer, Langland, and Gower, he brought Middle English poetry to full flower. Considering the cultural, literary, and linguistic contexts of poetry in Ricardian England, Prior illuminates how the Pearl poet joined his contemporaries in exploiting a newly emerging English literature and language while drawing on older Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and continental traditions. Exploring the poems, Prior shows us that they are filled with Biblical and religious learning, and that while their dialect indicates a certain distance from cosmopolitan culture, they are tightly crafted and highly literary, commanding careful attention from the aristocratic courtly audiences they addressed as well as from today's readers. Prior brings all the Pearl poet's achievements clearly into view: his use of the alliterative verse, his creation of syllabic verse and complex rhyme schemes virtually unmatched by his peers, and his mastery of visual description. The Pearl poet is also markedly "modern" in his combination of literate learning and accessibility, as Prior reveals in her explications of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a romance that blends courtly features with popular ones, and of Patience and Cleanness, with their vernacular versions of biblical scholarship. To further acquaint contemporary readers with the poet's complex craft, Prior also offers an invaluable introduction to significant aspects of Middle English literature, and throughout her study quotes the Pearl poet both in the original and in her own translations
    The book of Merlyn : the unpublished conclusion to The once and future king by T. H White( Book )
    24 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in English and held by 3,289 libraries worldwide
    The "last" chapter of The once and Future King," which tells how Arthur, Guenever, and Lancelot come to their ends
    Dragon of the red dawn by Mary Pope Osborne( Book )
    1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2,631 libraries worldwide
    When Merlin is weighed down by sorrows, Jack and Annie travel back to feudal Japan to learn one of the four secrets of happiness
    The lost years of Merlin by T. A Barron( Book )
    15 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 2,531 libraries worldwide
    A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures
    Eve of the Emperor penguin by Mary Pope Osborne( Book )
    1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2,527 libraries worldwide
    The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to Antarctica to search for the fourth secret of happiness for Merlin
    Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley( Book )
    16 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 2,182 libraries worldwide
    Known to the Romans as Helena on the holy isle of Avalon, British princess Eilan fulfills her destiny to bridge the pagan world of the goddess and the new Christian empire founded by her own son, Constantine, and when she travels to the Holy Land she discovers a truth that transcends any religion. Not since The Mists of Avalon has there been such a powerful & mesmerizing portrait of goddess-powered womanhood & women's spirituality. In Priestess of Avalon, the legendary Marion Zimmer Bradley once again reaches back in time to create a magnificent prequel to her undying classic of Camelot. Priestess of Avalon tells the timeless story of Eilan--known to the Romans as Helena--a British princess raised on the holy isle of Avalon as she grows from maiden to mother to wise woman. It is Helena's destiny--at a crucial turning point in western history--to bridge the pagan world of the goddess & the new Christian empire founded by her own son, Constantine. When Helena embarks on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land she will find the intrinsic truth that transcends both the old religion & the new. The legions of fans who cherish The Mists of Avalon will find its promise brought to rich fulfillment in Priestess of Avalon. For those new to the series, undreamed-of enchantment awaits
    The seven songs of Merlin by T. A Barron( Book )
    17 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 2,159 libraries worldwide
    Having stumbled upon his hidden powers, the young wizard Merlin voyages to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself and the way to the realm of the spirit
    Merlin and the making of the king by Margaret Hodges( Book )
    3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,608 libraries worldwide
    A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures
    The return of Merlin : a novel by Deepak Chopra( Book )
    6 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 1,592 libraries worldwide
    A New Age version of the legend of King Arthur, the premise being that Arthur & Co. are immortal and are continuing their lives in the bodies of successive generations. A reflection of the author's philosophy on ageless bodies and timeless minds
    The last enchantment by Mary Stewart( Book )
    25 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,526 libraries worldwide
    When the rose-gold witch Morgause, King Arthur's half-sister, ensnares him into an incestuous liaison to her own evil ends, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven
    The wings of Merlin by T. A Barron( Book )
    5 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,498 libraries worldwide
    Merlin's fragile home on the isle of Fincayra is threatened by the attack of a mysterious warrior with swords for arms and by the escape of Stangmar from his imprisonment, as Merlin continues to move toward his ultimate destiny
    Passager : the young Merlin trilogy, book one by Jane Yolen( Book )
    10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,486 libraries worldwide
    A foundling rediscovers his identity through the help of the falconer who adopts him
    The dragon's boy by Jane Yolen( Book )
    6 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 1,286 libraries worldwide
    Before the legendary Arthur became king, he took lessons from a dragon. Artos is a lonely child, teased or ignored by the other boys in the castle of Sir Ector. One day, he follows Sir Ectors runaway hound into a mysterious, dark cave, where he encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of wisdom. Both frightened and intrigued, Artos becomes the dragons student and gains what hes always longed for: the friendship and respect of other boys. Under the guidance of the dragon, Artoss life begins to take shape in a way he could never have imagined. But has Artos really learned everything the dragon has to teach? And what does the dragon mean when he refers to him as Artos Pendragon, or Arthur son of dragon? This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the authors personal collection, as well as a note from the author about the making of the book
    Merlin by Steve Barron( visu )
    30 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,143 libraries worldwide
    The legend of King Arthur, this time, from the perspective of the King's Wizard, Merlin. Merlin is a creature born of pagan magic, living in a world converting to Christianity. Merlin is beside Arthur as he gains Excalibur, builds Camelot and is betrayed by his wife, Guinevere. Merlin and Arthur are both menaced by the plots of Morgan Le Fey and Mordred, her son by Arthur, and their cohorts. Through it all, Merlin tries to keep Arthur from the destructive path set by fate
    The true history of Merlin the Magician by Anne Lawrence-Mathers( Book )
    8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 583 libraries worldwide
    "Merlin the Magician has remained an enthralling and curious individual since he was first introduced in the twelfth century though the pages of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae. But although the Merlin of literature and Arthurian myth is well known, Merlin the "historical" figure and his relation to medieval magic are less familiar. In this book Anne Lawrence-Mathers explores just who he was and what he has meant to Britain. The historical Merlin was no rough magician: he was a learned figure from the cutting edge of medieval science and adept in astrology, cosmology, prophecy, and natural magic, as well as being a seer and a proto-alchemist. His powers were convincingly real and useful, for they helped to add credibility to the "long-lost" history of Britain which first revealed them to a European public. Merlin's prophecies reassuringly foretold Britain's path, establishing an ancient ancestral line and linking biblical prophecy with more recent times. Merlin helped to put British history into world history. Lawrence-Mathers also explores the meaning of Merlin's magic across the centuries, arguing that he embodied ancient Christian and pagan magical traditions, recreated for a medieval court and shaped to fit a new moral framework. Linking Merlin's perceived reality and power with the culture of the Middle Ages, this remarkable book reveals the true impact of the most famous magician of all time."--Jacket
    Merlijn: hoe alles begon by T. A Barron( Book )
    3 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 10 libraries worldwide
    Een jongen spoelt aan op de kust: hij heeft geen idee hoe hij heet en waar hij vandaan komt. Deze jonge Merlijn gaat op zoek naar zijn afkomst en komt er zo achter dat hij over magische krachten beschikt
    Merlin und die Feuerproben by T. A Barron( Book )
    2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in German and Japanese and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    Having voyaged to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself, the young wizard Merlin must face fire in many different forms and deal with the possibility of losing his own magical power
 
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English (287)
German (13)
Spanish (13)
Russian (7)
French (6)
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