A Middle Ages Merlin manuscript was discovered in Bristol University library.

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A Middle Ages Merlin manuscript was discovered in Bristol University library.

Merlin the magician is one of the most famous characters from Arthurian legend

Librarians at the Bristol University have discovered seven hand-written parchment pages featuring several references to Arthurian legend, especially the famed wizard Merlin. Discovered in books printed in Strasbourg in between 1494 and 1502, these pages contain "subtle but significant" differences from the traditional story. Bristol, located in the south west part of England, is also the region that gave us the Arthurian legend.

"We are all very excited to discover more," said Dr Leah Tether, of the International Arthurian Society.

"These fragments of the story of Merlin are a wonderfully exciting find, which may have implications for the study not just of this text but also of other related and later texts that have shaped our modern understanding of the Arthurian legend," said Dr Tether.

A team of experts are now trying to discover how the pages found their way into the books in the first place. Dr Tether has said, "Time and research will reveal what further secrets about the legends of Arthur, Merlin and the Holy Grail these fragments might hold."

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