Merlin, Tamer of Dragons

Nicholas C. Rossis

The wizard Merlin | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Merlin the wizard (c. 1400). Image: Vintage News

Everyone knows the story of Merlin, the wizard genius behind Arthur’s reign. As the Vintage News reports, a chance discovery by historians at the University of Bristol added a new angle to the old tale: dragons.

The historians found a set of important 13th-century manuscripts hidden inside a younger book. The manuscript fragments contain extracts from a previously unknown version of the Vulgate Cycle, a set of Old French texts that tell the story of King Arthur.

The seven handwritten fragments of parchment tell a familiar story from the Vulgate Cycle, but with a number of key differences that may shed new light on the history of the Arthurian legend.

The Vulgate Cycle

King Arthur | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books King Arthur. Image: Vintage News

The story of King Arthur and his wizard Merlin was a popular medieval romance, most notably written down as Le Morte d’Arthur by

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