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  • Published: 8 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969899
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Finding Merlin

The Truth Behind the Legend


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In this impressively well-researched and accessibly written book, Merlin walks from the pages of legend into history.

Merlin: the very name evokes intriguing images - magician, wise man, prophet, adviser to Arthur, counsellor of Camelot. The legend is famous but not the truth: that Merlin was a historical figure, a Briton, who hailed not from England or Wales, as traditional wisdom would have it, but from Scotland.

Adam Ardrey brings back to life Merlin's role in the cataclysmic battles between reason and religion of sixth-century Britain - battles which Merlin would ultimately lose. From the time of his death up until the present day, historical records relating to Merlin have been altered, his true provenance and importance obscured and his name changed to mean 'Madman'. The same fate awaited Merlin's twin sister, Languoreth, as intelligent and powerful as her brother but, as a woman, a greater threat to the power of church and state. Languoreth's existence was all but obliterated and her story lost - until now.

Finding Merlin uncovers new evidence and re-examines the old. The places where Merlin was born, lived, died and was buried are identified, as well as the people surrounding him - his nemesis Mungo and his friend the hero Arthur. In this impressively well-researched and accessibly written book, Merlin walks from the pages of legend into history.

  • Pub date: 8 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969899
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Adam Ardrey

Adam Ardrey is an advocate and lives in Bothwell, near Glasgow, with his wife and three children. He has previously worked in television and as a solicitor.


Praise for Finding Merlin

“An intriguing book”

The Bookseller

“Ardrey uncovers where Merlin lived, died and was buried in what can only be described as a brilliant piece of detective work . . . enthralling”

Scots Magazine

“[Adam Ardrey] delivers a bombshell . . . fascinating stuff”

Los Angeles Times

“A brilliant piece of detective work . . . enthralling”

Scots Magazine


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