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Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Mark Williams

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199571840
eISBN:
9780191594434
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571840.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The presentation of the magical and mantic in Celtic literature has persistently been dogged by misunderstanding and over-romanticised readings. Among the misconceptions about the ancient and ... More


Conclusion: The Measure of Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book concludes by describing the powerful effect of Merlin's existence as a real historical figure on British history. Along with King Arthur, Merlin not only made British history widely known ... More


Naturalism, Imagination, and the Scientific Worldview

E. J. Lowe

in Turning Images in Philosophy, Science, and Religion: A New Book of Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199563340
eISBN:
9780191731303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563340.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter develops a challenge to naturalistic accounts of human thought and understanding, drawing on insights that we ultimately owe to Immanuel Kant concerning the intimate relationship between ... More


Introduction

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588657
eISBN:
9780191595431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588657.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses estimates of Irish vernacular influence on Welsh literature. Assumptions about ‘Celtic’ literature deriving from Renan and Arnold are considered in the light of ... More


Taliesin and Geoffrey of Monmouth's astrological portents

Mark Williams

in Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199571840
eISBN:
9780191594434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571840.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter moves to medieval Wales and examines the first appearances of the ideal of prophecy from the heavens in Welsh literature. It demonstrates that some of the perhaps 11th or 12th century ... More


Afterword

Mark Williams

in Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199571840
eISBN:
9780191594434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571840.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This last chapter contrasts the literary handling of portents and astrological material in Ireland and Wales, focusing on the representation of persons with expertise in interpreting such signs. It ... More


The British Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter discusses the most exciting aspect of Merlin's rediscovery: the study of his prophecies. Merlin's powers have been established as unmatched since classical times, but he was much more ... More


The Matter of Just Memory: Providential History in Middle English Romance

Andrew King

in The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187226
eISBN:
9780191674662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores the intertextuality of a selection of Middle English romances — King Horn, Havelok, Of Arthour and of Merlin, Richard Coeur de Lion Sir Brevis of Hampton, and ... More


The Discovery of Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter explores the origins of Merlin the Magician and shows that he was a creation of the twelfth century. The medieval Merlin was not a figure of legend but an apparently documented, ... More


The Poem as a Prophecy: Gendered Gifts in the Orlando furioso

Eleonora Stoppino

in Genealogies of Fiction: Women Warriors and the Dynastic Imagination in the Orlando Furioso

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240371
eISBN:
9780823240418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240371.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Genealogy as transmitted through prophetic knowledge is the subject of this chapter, at the center of which are Melissa the sorceress and the prophecy as a gift. By analyzing the most important ... More


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