The Tain / Edition 1

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"The Tain Bo Cuailnge is the centre-piece of the eight-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales. In this great epic tale Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster single-handedly resists the invading armies of the king and queen of Connacht, Ailill and Medb, who seek to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge." Thomas Kinsella's translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions, added to which is a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Tain. With beautiful brush drawing by Louis le Brocquy, this edition is a combination of medieval epic and modern art.

"Kinsella attempts to develop a complete and readable text, free of inconsistencies and repetition, that keeps the simple force of the story."--The Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192803733
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 169,531
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are Blood and Family and From Centre City.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note and Acknowledgements
Artist's Note
Some Recommended Books
Pronunciation of Irish Words
Before the Tain
The Tain
Notes on the Text

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  • Posted August 3, 2012


    This book gives a direct view of how the Irish thought of themselves in this poorly understood period. Read it and you'll understand how they wished to see their own leaders and champions. Read this and discover some of the main behaviors of the Irish men back then. Read this and ENJOY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    A Myth You Will Enjoy

    This was a book that requires major attention and must be read in under a week. Details and imagery will intoxicate your mind, and somewhere between discriptions of wars and scenes, you wish you were in the book. However, the storyline and the reason of this book will baffle ou, and send you crazy. There are so many characters and concepts in this book, you will get lost. I would like to inform reader that if you read this book, you must realize this book is a translation is composed of 2 tales. Keep in mind, it was never written down, and when it was written down, monks wrote it and their main intent was to make the Pagans look bad and convert any last Pagan in Ireland to Christianity. You will enjoy it, but when reading, make sure you remember every detail.

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    Posted September 28, 2010

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