Merlin the Weird

Posted on by Laurie Garrett


Yale Books sent me Anne Lawrence-Mathers’  THE TRUE HISTORY OF MERLIN THE MAGICIAN, which I opened on a lark. It reads like a book adapted from a thesis, and many points are reiterated so frequently that I want to scream, “Enough already!”  Nevertheless, I’m fascinated by the evolution of the concept of Merlin and King Arthur, from its whole-cloth fabrication by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th Century to Disney and BBC sit-coms. It reinforces the notion that a lie, told often enough, becomes a truism, though the Myth of Merlin evolved over centuries – imagine fueling such a concept through Twitter.

[Yale University Press, 2012]