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Atis AD 850 will entertain modern readers as well And if in your bibliographic wanderings you are fortunate to find the hardback limited edition you re in for a treat This is a precious book printed in three colours on grey green laid paper its text set in Eric Gill s Pilgrim and Viktor Hammer s Uncial and nicely illustrated with woodcut reproductions from Sankt Brandans Seefahrt 1476 Augsburg It s an elegant ick read Good translation of a Celtic epic poem though some seemingly fantastical parts modern archeology shows that this trip could have happened making Saint Brendan and his crew some of the first Europeans to visit North America Worth the time check it out Fun fantastical and somewhat didactic at times The Voyage of Saint Brendan combines a niue blend of monastic pilgrimage supernatural voyage spirituality asceticism and adventure Just as fascinating is the journey and re imagining this tale has taken over the years For starters In 1950 C S Lewis penned the third of a seven book series for children a book that from its conception reflects the voyages of a sixth century navigator Saint Brendan In 1976 a British explorer Tim Severin constructed a boat in the fashion of early Irish vessels and embarked pon a year long journey his goal to determine the historical veracity of Saint Brendan s voyages In 2011 an American author ND Wilson published a juvenile fantasy series centering on a brother and sister initiated into an ancient society of explorers the Order of Brendan all seeds from the original Brendan story And as ND Wilson has said In the ground the best seed is never wasted Perhaps it could also be said that in the heart the best ground the best seed is never wasted Perhaps it could also be said that in the heart the best is never wasted What is born from that seed those roots and shoots and budding trees is worthy to be remembered In succeeding generations worthy to be reimagined and refashioned blossoming into something new and needed each time Fascinating with lovely imagery but do not expect a contemporary conception of narrative The imagery and events are highly symbolic and if you are not familiar with the symbology you may feel that much of what happens is arbitrary. E tale itself is of great interest a strongly integrated text which derives from several centuries of Irish literary traditi. .


This was better than I expected given a travel narrative of a noble Irish monk in the 12th Century A Very Insightful Century A insightful on faith heaven hell as well as right wrong morals Additionally the supplementary information provided and the effort of its translation made for a comprehensible reading A religious nut and his buddies pack themselves into a glorified canoe and throw themselves at the mercy of the Atlantic ocean and God On the way they encounter some fantastical things like Jasconius the friendly whale who is so massive that they beach on him and mistake him for an island the Island of Birds who speak and sing hymns fish who are eager to listen to mass Judas trapped on a rock at sea a gigantic crystal pillar reaching into the sky and surrounded by a web of nknown material a fiery island of hairy blacksmiths who try to attack them and much This book is outrageous adventurous elegant and brief Super coolThis edition also has reproductions of some wood block prints corresponding to the story A worthy prize in total Very allegorical this book is the story of Saint Brendan s voyage to the Land of Promise of the Saints Many have chosen to believe it is a story of Saint Brendan s voyage to North America which has often been called a land of promise by those who have found their way to it s shores I wonder what he would have written had he seen the land as it is today This is a beautiful translation of the text and a great story to read Written in the ninth century it s the story of a fourth century saint and his companions in search Written in the ninth century it s the story of a fourth century saint and his companions in search the Promised Land of the Saints Belonging to the genre of immram the navigation tales of the Irish this legend highlights the struggles of the company in the physical and spiritual level and would likely respond to the medieval notions of life as pilgrimage It s very interesting in the rediscovery of Irish literature I proposed myself to do this year and I hope to read like this soon Brill Love it rly what an iconic medieval text Love the bit about the monks and the sheep Brendan is such a hilarious guy Have written 3 essays about this now Very readable though fo. A translation from the Latin of one of the most famous and enduring stories of western Christendom the Navigatio Sancti Bren. Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis