The Crystal Cave Author:Mary Stewart Almost everyone knows Merlin as the dark, brooding figure mysteriously associated with Camelot and King Arthur's court. — But who, really was Merlin? Was he the enchanter of fairy tales, the magician in the black robe and pointed hat and wand? Or was he the king and prophet of old legends of Brittany and Wales? How did a man reputed to be the bas... more »tard son of the Prince of Darkness and condemned to death as a child of the Devil, become the chief architect of the first united Britain?
Mary Stewart's answers to these provocative questions form a spell-binding novel that catapults the reader into fifth-century Britain-a land uncertainly emerging from Roman rule and divided by conflicting loyalties, political and spiritual; a land riddled with rumor real and planted, and spear-alert with superstitious fear.
Into this strange world was born Merlin, bastard son of Niniane, daughter of the King of South Wales, and an unknown father. The novel opens in Wales when Merlin is seven, and closes in Cornwall, at Tintagel, with the begetting of Arthur.