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The Death of Merlin

Arthurian Myth and Alchemy

Walter Johannes Stein

240 pp.  
6" x 9"

Floris Books




The story of King Arthur and the Grail still holds a remarkable fascination for many people around the world. In this classic work, Walter Johannes Stein traces its origins in early Christianity, as well as classical and Nordic mythology, following its development through Medieval to modern times. Stein explores especially the parallels between the quest for the Grail and Medieval alchemists’ search for the Philosopher’s Stone.

The Death of Merlin collects Stein’s essays and lectures from the 1920s and 1930s. The first section contains Stein’s memoirs, which provide context for his research within the culture of the era.

  • “Walter Johnnes Stein was a polymath who was one of the leading followers of [Rudolf] Steiner. It was a lecture by Stein in the 1930s that kindled the spiritual insight of the then-agnostic Sir George Trevelyan.... One of the most interesting parts is the first chapter of the memoirs, in which the author describes his own background, education, and encounter with Steiner.... This is the work of an erudite man, steeped in Western culture, but whose spiritual sight has also been opened. It is a remarkable series of essays.” —Scientific and Medical Network Review, spring 2008

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