Great Britain: The Once & Future Merlyn

Deep in the Forest Sauvage some 1,400 years ago, Merlyn the Magician shared a cluttered cottage with two hedgehogs, six grass snakes, a stuffed phoenix, a buzzing beehive, six pismires, the Encyclopedia Britannica (14th edition) and countless wonders for the eyes of Wart, the boy who was to become King Arthur.

Historians deride the legend of Merlyn and doubt that Arthur ever ruled in England. One medievalist who knew better was Terence Hanbury White, who wrote the massive (677 pages), moving Arthurian tetralogy, The Once and Future King, from which came Broadway's Camelot...

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