chapter
Introduction
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Ever since he was imprisoned by his lover in thirteenth-century

France, Merlin has been revived by a succession of authors. Ranging

from cameo appearances in Ariosto, Cervantes and C. S. Lewis to

extended treatments in Tennyson, T. H. White and Mary Stewart, the

enigma of Merlin defies permanent burial. In the honored tradition

of medieval composition, the matiere of the legend of Merlin has

been reworked time and again to create a new sens.