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    play. King Lear, for example, it mainly based of King Leir, a legendary king of the Britons, which was accounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae in 1135. However, the play King Lear seems to be influenced and inspired by many historical events and lawsuits occurred in Britain at the time it was written. According to Historia Regum Britanniae, King Leir is a legendary king of ancient Britain. He does not have a male heir to inherit his kingdom so he decides to split the kingdom

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    time . The story of King Lear, which had been told many times before Shakespeare put his version of the tale on stage in 1606 , exemplifies this. The story of “King Leir” can be traced as far as far back as 1136 with Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae . However, upon comparing the two texts, a few major differences emerge, namely the characters Cunedagius and Marganus and their capture of their aunt, Cordelia, in the Monmouth account of the legend . These characters are nonexistent in

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    The first characteristic which separates him from the other knights is his relationship to Arthur: it is usually stated that he is Arthur's sister's son, a kinship that is found from William of Malmesbury's Gesta Regum Anglorum (c. 1125) and Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1136) onward (Busby 1980, 31). However, it is notable that Gawain often seems more like a type than an individual; in Old French literature he is never the subject of a biographical romance, as are most of the

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    Arthurian Literature: The Evolution of Merlin In all the long history of literature, some fictional characters have loomed above others, written about again and again by various authors of various eras. Arthurian literature is one area of fiction that has always been popular for writers to recreate in new versions, and one of the most intriguing characters of all Arthurian literature is Merlin, the magician/ prophet who aids Arthur early in his reign. As the Arthurian saga develops, so does

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    Merlin

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    Merlin Throughout the ages Merlin has been depicted as a druid, bard, necromancer, magician and prophet. Though we may never know if any of his fictitious interpretations are truthful, we speculate he was nothing more than a Celtic bard who lived in the 500's near Solway Frith. It is said that this strange poet, going under the alias of Myrddin, was a madman and a prophet. Myrddin's claim to fame was creating so much tension between the British chieftains of his time that they fought each

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    The Real Merlin

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    warrior (Braswell 111). Welsh writings place Merlin as a bard of some significance (Bruce 130). Merlin then appears in the Vita Merlini as a king who went crazy, Historia regum Britannae as a prophet who controls a kingdom, and Le Morte D'Arthur as Arthur's advisor and confidant. The first account of Merlin is with King Vortigern in History regum Britannae. As the character Ambrosius, Merlin tells Vortigern of the downfall of the Saxons by the Britons. The next major occurrence of Merlin is in King Arthur's

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    MERLIN

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    MERLIN There is bitter controversy among scholars and theologians alike as to whether of not Merlin was a real historical figure or a product of literary imagination. Much of the earlier poetry attributed to him in Welsh manuscripts, it seems, comes from authentic prophetic verse that Merlin himself spoke. Merlin was first seen in Geoffrey of Monmouthís History of the Kings of Britain written c. 1136. Many people do not accept Geoffreyís words as truth. Many say that Geoffrey wrote Merlinís legendary

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    Shakespeare was a master of creating characters whose morality remained ambiguous throughout their plays; Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, for example, is an extremely unlikeable character, although his motivations are clear, making him more sympathetic. However, Shakespeare also understood how to write characters who could be nothing but likable: Antonio, in Twelfth Night, and Kent, from King Lear, are two of the most admirable characters in Shakespeare’s many plays. Both are paragons of virtue:

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    Avalon: Isle of Mystery

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    Avalon: Isle of Mystery The island of Avalon has been shrouded in mystery throughout the history of the Arthurian legend. Named Ynyswytryn, meaning "the glassy isle", it was famous as the Celtic paradise "The Happy Island of the Blest" (Webb 11). In the earliest religion it was believed that the souls of the dead were borne westward to "…an Island in the Western Sea, to the abode of Glast and Avallac….Thus in later times was Arthur to be borne to the 'Island Valley of Avillion' " (Webb 11).

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    The Great King's Promise

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    According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Britons were people of incredible history and of true promise. His book provided what the Britons needed to hear, that their history is original that they have a place among the British Island, so significantly so ,that the book suggested that the island is their ancestral homeland. From the told story of the founding by Brutus, a descendent of the Trojans, to the told tale of a king, Arthur, restoring faith in his people.To the Saxon domination at the end of

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