Merlin tale Fragments Discovered in Bristol archives

Seven fragments of parchment written in Old French have been discovered inside an unrelated 15th century work, in the archives of the Bristol Central Library in the UK. The fragments

tell the story of the Battle of Trèbes, in which Merlin inspires Arthur’s forces with a stirring speech and leads a charge using Sir Kay’s special dragon standard, which breathes real fire.

The fragments seem to be from a version of the Estoire de Merlin, one that is slightly different from the standard text. There are some images of the text in the Guardian.

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