Finding Merlin The Truth Behind the Legend 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 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 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 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 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

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Finding Merlin The Truth Behind the Legend
  • Adam Ardrey
  • English
  • 06 March 2015
  • 9781845962487

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