The Book of Taliesin, chaps 17-end

Chapter Seventeen: The Lady of the Lake     There is not breath enough from the sea to form a ripple on the lake. The water is a glass; and the sun is high enough to see into the shadowy green depths. The little barge drifts within sight of St. Benignus’s rock. It is there, … Continue reading

Plan of The Four Ancient Books of the Prophet Merlin

Contents of the Four Ancient Books of the Prophet Merlin:   Note on the discovery and translation of the Four Ancient Books   Prologue  I. The First Ancient Book of the Prophet Merlin: The Book of Taliesin   II. The Second Ancient Book of the Prophet Merlin: The Black Book of the Weapons of Magic … Continue reading

The Book of Taliesin chaps 14-16

      Chapter Fourteen The Adventurous Marshes     A giant cauldron in which the sun has been brought to boil, this inland sea reflects the fiery dawn to the green rim of hills on every side. Mists curl and lift off of its burning waters as though they smoke at the boiling point. … Continue reading

The Book of Taliesin, chaps 11-12

­ Chapter Eleven: The Further Transformations of Taliesin     Gereint’s ship sped over a cloudless sea, with its sails tied around the wind. But in the poet’s heart, a hundred questions burn and roll. Like the reflected sun broken over many restless waves, the one essential question, more important than all else, gives way … Continue reading

The Red Book of the High and Holy Grail, chaps 12-19

Chapter Twelve The ancient homeland of my fathers lies in a forgotten corner of South Britain, not far from the slopes of Snowdonia. The ancestral hall still stood on its hill when Cunedda came from North Britain to defend it against the Saxons. Few know now of its existence; but I know it. Only a … Continue reading

About the Book of Taliesin

About the Book of Taliesin This is the beginning of the saga of King Arthur in The Four Ancient Books of the Prophet Merlin. I begin at the very end of his reign and on the outposts of his realm, on the northern coast of Wales, where the poet Taliesin is introduced in the court … Continue reading