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Published: 05 May 2005

413 Pages

6 X 9 inches

ISBN: 9780859897556


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The Voyage of St Brendan

Representative Versions of the Legend in English Translation

edited by W.R.J. Barron and S.C. Weinberg

Liverpool University Press

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies LUP

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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