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About Booking. Extranet Login. All rights reserved. Verified reviews from real guests. How does it work? Sommer, p. Huth Merlin II, All the emendations are based on the Cambridge MS, f. The Cambridge MS omits ne la tierche partie. On the strength of these and other references to the Conte du Brait, Gaston Paris assumed that there was once such a work in French which dealt amongst other things with the death of Merlin.
Now as the Spanish translation of the Suite du Merlin includes a number of incidents not in the French which fit in with the references to the Conte du Brail, Gaston Paris was convinced that some of the incidents of the lost Conte du Brait had survived in the Baladro :. Since then, numerous other critics have affirmed that there once existed in French a Conte du Brait. Wechssler, to whom there were originally three successively shortened redactions of the Suite du Merlin, redactions A, B, and C, thought that the Conte du Brait consisted of excerpts from redaction A of the Suite du Merlin and that the Huth MS of the Suite du Merlin, which in his view was redaction C, has omitted all those episodes which the Conte du Brait has taken over from redaction A.
The whole of the Conte du Brait he considered lost in French, but believed that the edition of the Baladro was a translation of it 5. Brugger and J. Bruce are of the same opinion as Wechssler, but find in addition certain episodes of the Conte du Brait in the of the Baladro 4. Vetterman and H.
Die Abenteuer Gawains, ed. For a similar reference, see ibid. Huth Merlin, I, xxviii-xxxvii and lxxiii-lxxix. The fact, however, that the two editions of the Baladro contain some of the incidents to which the Suite du Merlin refers does not necessarily mean that the Suite du Merlin has omitted anything or that there existed a Conte du Brait to which the Spanish compiler had access.
That the Spanish compiler freely developed the indications he had found in his French source is particularly evident from his account of the events following Merlin's death. The Suite du Merlin does not relate these, but merely refers to them. Baudemagus who visited Merlin four days after his entombment was the last ever to speak to him and attempted to remove the tombstone, but was told by Merlin that this was impossible :. Our author adds that he will not relate this adventure because it is dealt whith in the Conte del Brait :. De ceste aventure que je vous devise chi ne parole pas chis livres, pour chou que li Contes del Brait le devise apertement 2.
Nor will he tell of the marvels that accompanied Merlin's last brail before he dies :.
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Mais en cest livre n'en parlerons nous pas pour chou qu'il le devise la, ains vous conterai chou qui nous apartient '. Now the Spanish Baladro, while omitting all these references, gives a lengthy account based largely on the indications in the Suite du Merlin. We are told that three days after Niviene had entombed Merlin, Baudemagus and his damsel arrived and found the tents left behind by Niviene.
They spent the night there and the following morning Baudemagus, looking for a church, came to the cave where Merlin was entombed. He entered it and found the iron door leading into the room where the tomb of the two lovers was. While at the tomb, he heard a loud cry coming out of it and a voice addressing him : it was Merlin who was lamenting his fate. Baudemagus attempted to comfort him by assuring him that he would remove the tombstone and free him, but Merlin replied, in words almost identical with those in the Suite that this could not be, for the tomb was sealed firmly.
The emendation is based on the Cambridge MS. The Huth MS reads : qui en la lame. Only Tristan, as yet a baby, would one day be able to open it :. E por esto me conuiene de morir aqui, ca en el mundo no ha honbre mortal que me pudiesse dar vida, y esta campana no se mouera, ansi es encantada, por cauallero que ay venga, hasta que Tristan el buen cauallero venga aqui, que me ha de sacar de aqui '. Then, in reply to Baudemagus' questions, Merlin explains who Tristan is, predicts the fate of the Round Table and advises Baudemagus not to fight against Cliades, but to seek Le Morholt, and afterwards return to court and tell Arthur that his nephew Gauvain can only be freed by Gaheriet whom he should knight at once.
Merlin revealed also the name of the woman who entombed him, after which he was silent until shortly before noon when, in a devil's voice, he called on his father to come and fetch him. A great darkness set in, and amid a rising storm and the sound of many evil voices, Merlin died uttering one more loud cry. This last cry, the Spanish compiler adds, was heard at a distance of three leagues and was accompanied by a great marvel : the candles went out which the thirteen statues representing the thirteen kings conquered by Arthur held in their hands.
And on account of this, the book is called El Baladro de Merlin, que sera de grado oydo de todos caualleros e honbres buenos que del oyeron fablar 2. When Baudemagus, who had fainted with fear, came round, he looked for his damsel, but found her dead por miedo de los baladros 3. He then returned to Arthur's court and told them of Merlin's death. At this point the edition differs from the one. According to the former, the damsel was not dead, but Baudemagus told her what had happened. Then together with her, he went to look for Le Morholt as Merlin had advised him.
Morholt killed Meliadus and then Baudemagus returned to court, where everyone, and in particular Arthur, was grieved to hear of Merlin's death Baladro, f.
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CV b-c. Most of the details of the Baladro account can clearly be traced to references in the Suite du Merlin : Baudemagus' vain attempt to open Merlin's tomb and Merlin's explanation why only Tristan can do so; the reference to the marvels caused by Merlin's last brait. Even the explanation of the title El Baladro de Merlin, which according to Vetterman and Brugger proves that the Spanish compiler used the Conte del Brait, is in reality based on the passage in the Suite du Merlin where the author says that the Conte del Brait is so called because of Merlin's last brait with which the book deals I.
The statement that Merlin's death was accompanied by great darkness and that the candles held by the statues went out, has its origin in an earlier passage in the Suite du Merlin, where Merlin predicts that this is what would happen on his death 2. Finally, Merlin's request that Baudemagus should tell Arthur that only Gaheriet could free Gauvain can be traced to an incident in the later portion of the Suite du Merlin : Tor and Aglant in search of Merlin meet Baudemagus who tells them that Merlin, shortly before dying, revealed to him that only Gaheriet would be able to rescue Gauvain and Le Morholt from the Roche aux Pucelles K.
Not only is there nothing in the Baladro account which cannot be explained with reference to the Suite du Merlin, but it is clear why the Spanish compiler should have replaced the allusions in the latter by a lengthy narrative : having decided to terminate the Suite du Merlin at a point which to him may have appeared its natural conclusion, Merlin's death, he had to round off" the narrative in some suitable way, and for this purpose nothing was more fitting than an eye witness account. But in order to do this, it was necessary to describe how Baudemagus came to the place where Merlin was entombed, and this accounts for the addition of another series of episodes which the Baladro has inserted into one of the adventures of Balain I : we are told that z, who has killed Orian, has been imprisoned by the latter's father 3, but is freed by a damsel, Orian's sister.
After leaving the prison Baudemagus and the damsel spend the night in a hermitage near the forest of Damantes, where they learn. The adventures are inserted at a point corresponding to Huth Merlin, I, , end of the first paragraph. The second paragraph on p. II, p.
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It is clear that this incident is intended to form a sequel to the episode in the Suite du Merlin, where, on account of Morgain's accusations, Arthur beheaded one of her lovers Huth Merlin, I, There is hence no need to assume that the episode derives from a hypothetical Conte du Brait. The and editions differ here. But unless Urien had two sons, which the text does not say, there is a contradiction here, for earlier on in the narrative, both the and the edition state that Arthur killed Ebron see above, note 2. Baudemagus thereupon decides to go in search of Merlin, and after encounters with various knights, including Le Morholt, comes to the valley where three days previously Niviene had entombed Merlin.
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Then the Baladro continues with therestofBalain's adventures. Baudemagus' adventures are, of course, out of place at this point, for neither he nor Merlin and Niviene leave Arthur's court until later.
Baudemagus certainly appears to refer to this incident, for when asked by a knight who he is, he replies :. Theseries of episodes which the Baladro inserts after Arthur's coronation 2 can be accounted for in a similar way. The of these incidents was to serve as a transition between the end of the prose Merlin 3 and the beginning of the Suite du Merlin proper.
The story begins with a brief statement that the barons were dissatisfied because they knew nothing about Arthur's origin. Merlin, who was aware of this, told Blaise of his intention to go to Logres to reveal Arthur's. The point where Baudemagus leaves court would be particularly for the interpolation, for the French Suite here says that it will not relate any of Baudemagus ' adventures as they can be found in the Conte del Brait see Huth Merlin, II, , and above, p.
The portion of the Suite du Merlin where leaves court has not been preserved in the Baladro, only in the edition, and, as we should expect, the statement that the author will not relate Baudemagus' adventures has been omitted see Baladro, f. LXIX c.