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The Táin Bó Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's nearest approach to a great epic. It tells the story of a giant cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale is Cúchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who single-handedly resists the invasion, whils Ulster's warriors lie sick.

Thomas Kinsella's translation is the first attempt to present a `living version' of the story, complete and unbowdlerized. It is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, and includes a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin. Illustrated with 31 brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy and three maps, this edition combines medieval epic with modern art.

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The Táin Bó Cuailnge, center-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. Thomas Kinsella's lively translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions. This edition includes a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin along with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy.

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The T'ain B'o Cuailnge, center-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. Thomas Kinsella's lively translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions. This edition includes a group of related stories

which prepare for the action of the T'ain along with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Translator's Note and Acknowledgements

Artist's Note

Introduction

Maps

Some Recommended Books

Pronunciation of Irish Words

Before the Tain

The Tain

Notes on the Text

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Lanea, June 23, 2008 (view all comments by Lanea)
The quintessential translation on the Táin Bó Cúailnge, (the Cattle Raid of Cooley), one of the most important works of Irish myth. Kinsella's translation sizzles, and Louis le Brocquy's brush and ink illustrations depict the action with gorgeous simplicity. Any lover of mythology, action, intrigue, or art would love this book.
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Marjorie Rommel, December 31, 2007 (view all comments by Marjorie Rommel)
This wild adventure begins with pillow talk between an ancient Irish king and his queen calculating which of them owns the most cattle, proceeds to outright rustling, and ends in battle between the Red Cow of Lienster and the Dun Cow of Cooley, kings of their herds, who strew each other's body parts across the Irish landscape. There's much more, of course––and the story, which continues to reverberate through Irish culture, is delivered in a rush of language so entrancing you'll think you heard it in the original Gaelic, and somehow understood.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192803733
Translator:
Kinsella, Thomas
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Translator:
Kinsella, Thomas
Author:
Le Brocquy, Louis
Author:
Kinsella, Thomas
Author:
null, Thomas
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 18th C
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Irish
Subject:
Epic literature, Irish
Subject:
Heroes - Ulster (No
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
bonded leather forest green 571RRL
Series Volume:
no 401
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 b/w brush paintings, 3 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5 x 7.7 x 0.9 in 0.513 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Táin Bó Cuailnge, center-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. Thomas Kinsella's lively translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions. This edition includes a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin along with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy.
"Synopsis" by , The T'ain B'o Cuailnge, center-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. Thomas Kinsella's lively translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions. This edition includes a group of related stories

which prepare for the action of the T'ain along with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy.

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