With its contextualizing introduction, notes, and gloss, this edition makes the Prose Merlin available to any student of Arthurian legend, no matter their level of proficiency in Middle English. Written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, the Prose Merlin is the first work of Arthurian literature written in English prose. The highly original poem, though based upon the French Vulgate cycle tradition of Arthurian legends, is full of episodes, motifs, and characters found nowhere else in the entire Arthurian corpus. Beginning with the story surrounding Merlin's birth, and charting the course of his fantastical life until his ambiguous death, Prose Merlin is an enchanting text for any class studying Arthuriana.
About the Author
John Conlee is Professor of English at William and Mary. He specializes in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, and Middle English.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Select Bibliography Prose Merlin The Birth of Merlin Vortiger's Tower Vortiger's Demise
The Battle of Salisbury and The Death of Pendragon Uther and Ygerne Arthur and the Sword in the Stone The Barons' Revolt The Grand Tournament at Logres The Battle at Bredigan Forest The Young Squires The Deeds of the Young Squires Arthur at Tamelide Merlin and the Young Squires Gawain's Rescue of his Mother Merlin and Nimiane Arthur and Gonnore and The Battle against King Rion Arthur and Gawain The Begetting of Lancelot and Merlin and Nimiane Merlin and Grisandolus The Marriage of Arthur and Gonnore The Banishment of Bertelak and King Arthur and King Lot The Tournament at Logres
King Lot and his Sons and Morgan and Gyomar King Arthur vs. King Rion Merlin and Nimiane and Arthur and the Giant of St. Michael's Mount The Defeat of Lucius and Arthur and the Devil Cat Merlin's Imprisonment and Gawain and the Dwarf Knight Commentary Textual Notes