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Merlin’s Role as Nationalist in Monmouth and Malory

By: Johnson, Ashley C [author].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Scholar Works at UT Tyler, 2018-05-04T07:00:00ZContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceSubject(s): Merlin | Nationalism | Monmouth | Malory | Arthur | National Identity | English Language and LiteratureOnline resources: Thesis Click here to view this thesis. Summary: In Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sir Thomas Malory’s medieval Arthurian texts, History of the Kings of Britain and Le Morte D’Arthur, Merlin is presented as a primary character with nuanced character traits and unique abilities. Merlin stands out because his often analyzed secondary roles as magician, prophet, and counselor culminate in a larger, primary role. Merlin is a nationalist. As such, he shows how legend and historical narrative can shape the history of a country. Through the texts, Merlin disseminates a distinct English identity based upon a shared lineage of valorous deeds and triumphant emancipations from foreign invaders achieved through unified action. Merlin’s depiction as a historical figure in the texts positions him to offer the British hope for the preservation of English identity and self-governance in the future.
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University Archives & Special Collections PN686.M4 .J64 2018 (Browse shelf) http://hdl.handle.net/10950/1153 Available 1046657675

In Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sir Thomas Malory’s medieval Arthurian texts, History of the Kings of Britain and Le Morte D’Arthur, Merlin is presented as a primary character with nuanced character traits and unique abilities. Merlin stands out because his often analyzed secondary roles as magician, prophet, and counselor culminate in a larger, primary role. Merlin is a nationalist. As such, he shows how legend and historical narrative can shape the history of a country. Through the texts, Merlin disseminates a distinct English identity based upon a shared lineage of valorous deeds and triumphant emancipations from foreign invaders achieved through unified action. Merlin’s depiction as a historical figure in the texts positions him to offer the British hope for the preservation of English identity and self-governance in the future.

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