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.