Arthuriana 10/1 (Spring 2000)
Southern Methodist University Press
Thomas (Neil): The Celtic wild man tradition and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini: madness or contemptus mundi?
In Arthuriana 10/1 (Spring 2000), pp. 27–42.
The Merlin material in the Vita Merlini, seen in the tradition of the Celtic saints’ lives, shows how the image of Merlin, originally that of a psychological casualty of the battle of Arfderyddd, is modified to take on the positive profile of a Celtic holy man.