Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake

@article{Berthelot2000MerlinAT,
  title={Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake},
  author={Anne Berthelot},
  journal={Arthuriana},
  year={2000},
  volume={10},
  pages={55 - 81}
}
The figure of Merlin has in most texts a close relationship with a feminine character, either Morgue or the Lady of the Lake. While Morgue is often depicted as a negative figure, the Lady of the Lake is described as a positive force in the Arthurian world. Technically, however, both characters tend to replace Merlin as the embodiment of magic and wisdom in the 13th century romances. 
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