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The Brendan Voyage

Author : Tim Severin
ISBN : 9780307755605
Genre : Nature
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Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. He found a centuries-old, family-run tannery to prepare the ox hides in the medieval way; he undertook an exhaustive search for skilled harness makers (the only people who would know how to stitch the three-quarter-inch-thick hides together); he located one of the last pieces of Irish-grown timber tall enough to make the mainmast. But his courage and resourcefulness were truly tested on the open seas, including one heart-pounding episode when he and his crew repaired a dangerous tear in the leather hull by hanging over the side--their heads sometimes submerged under the freezing waves--to restitch the leather. A modern classic in the tradition of Kon-Tiki, The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978. With a new Introduction by Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming From the Trade Paperback edition.

Saint Brendan And The Voyage Before Columbus

Author : Michael McGrew
ISBN : 0809167050
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Recalls the life of the Irish Saint Brendan, and describes his legendary medieval voyage to North America.

The Voyage Of Saint Brendan

Author : William Raymond Johnston Barron
ISBN : 0859897559
Genre : History
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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. This new paperback edition also includes a comprehensive index of story-elements specially devised with the Brendan student in mind to allow easy comparison of the different versions.

Voyage Of Saint Brendan

Author : Humanities Press Inc
ISBN : OCLC:810524225
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The Legend Of St Brendan

Author : Jude S. Mackley
ISBN : 9789004166622
Genre : History
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"The Legend of St Brendan" is a study of two accounts of a voyage undertaken by Brendan, a sixth-century Irish saint. The immense popularity of the Latin version encouraged many vernacular translations, including a twelfth-century Anglo-Norman reworking of the narrative which excises much of the devotional material seen in the ninth-century "Navigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis" and changes the emphasis, leaving a recognisably secular narrative. The vernacular version focuses on marvellous imagery and the trials and tribulations of a long sea-voyage. Together the two versions demonstrate a movement away from hagiography towards adventure. Studies of the two versions rarely discuss the elements of the fantastic. Following a summary of authorship, audiences and sources, this comparative study adopts a structural approach to the two versions of the Brendan narrative. It considers what the fantastic imagery achieves and addresses issues raised with respect to theological parallels.

The Vikings

Author : Fiona MacDonald
ISBN : 0762401478
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Examines who the Vikings were and how they lived.

O Honored Father

Author : Sharon Pelphrey
ISBN : 9781449727000
Genre : History
File Size : 69. 55 MB
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For fifteen hundred years, popular audiences have loved tales of the Brendan voyage and have turned to them for inspiration. Never have their gentleness, intimacy with nature, amusement, and redemptive themes been more relevant than today. This fresh version of a Christian classic recaptures long-forgotten poetry, history, and drama in this sixth-century Irish voyage to the New World. Take a deck chair and cruise the mysterious Dark Ages from Palestine to Labrador with St. Brendan.

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