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Tales of Merlin, Arthur, and the Magic Arts: From the Welsh Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World (World Literature in Translation) (Paperback)
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The original Welsh stories of these beloved characters and their world for the first time in English
The stories in Tales of Merlin, Arthur, and the Magic Arts deal with well-known figures from medieval Britain who will be familiar to many readers—though not from the versions presented here. These freshly translated tales emerge from the remarkable and enormous sixteenth-century Chronicle of the Six Ages of the World by the Welshman Elis Gruffydd.
Tales of Merlin, Arthur, and the Magic Arts revives the original legends of these Welsh heroes alongside stories of the continued survival of the magical arts, from antiquity to the Renaissance, and the broader cultural world of the Welsh. These stories provide a vivid and faithful rendering of Merlin, Arthur, and the many original folktales left out of the widespread accounts of their exploits.
About the Author
Patrick K. Ford is Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor Emeritus of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
Jerry Hunter is Professor of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Bangor University in Wales.
"For anyone interested in unique stories of historical myth, this book is worth it for the introduction alone. . . . Fantastic work has been done to bring this astounding historical epic to a wider twenty-first-century audience."
— Buzz Magazine