The Voyage of St. Brendan

Overview

In recent years Brendan's voyage has become increasingly popular as a topic of interest, not only in medieval studies, but also within the history of travel literature in general. One of the legend's charms is that it can be read in a number of ways: as a thinly disguised account of Irish travels and discoveries in the Atlantic, as a seafaring story in the fashion of the Irish immrama (literally 'rowings out'), or as an allegorical tale of Man's journey through life. It also has links with the monastic culture of...

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Overview

In recent years Brendan's voyage has become increasingly popular as a topic of interest, not only in medieval studies, but also within the history of travel literature in general. One of the legend's charms is that it can be read in a number of ways: as a thinly disguised account of Irish travels and discoveries in the Atlantic, as a seafaring story in the fashion of the Irish immrama (literally 'rowings out'), or as an allegorical tale of Man's journey through life. It also has links with the monastic culture of its day, and contains echoes of the Odyssey and the Aeneid, Sinbad the Sailor and the quest for the Holy Grail.Barron and Burgess's volume collects the most important versions of the voyage from a wide variety of cultures, and presents them in modern English translations together with a general introduction to Brendan, explanatory commentaries and an extensive bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859896566
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Series: UEP - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The late W.R.J. Barron was Senior Research Fellow in the School of English, University of Exeter. He was President of the International Arthurian Society (British Branch) and Director of its Vinaver Trust. His books include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Manchester, 1998) and Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, Vol. II (series editor) (Wales, 1999).

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Table of Contents

1 The Life and Legend of Saint Brendan Glyn S. Burgess 2 The Latin Version John H. O'Meara and Jonathan M. Wooding 3 The Anglo-Norman Version Glyn S. Burgess 4 The Dutch Version Willem P. Gerritsen and Peter K. King 5 The German Version Willem P. Gerritsen and Clara Strijbosch 6 The Venetian Version Mark Davie 7 The Occitan Version Margaret Burrel 8 The Catalan Version Margaret Burrell 9 The Norse Version Andrew Hamer 10 English Versions - The South English Legendary Version; - Caxton's Golden Legend Version; W.R.J. Barron Bibliography and List of Brendan Manuscripts

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