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The Voyage of Saint Brendan: Representative Versions of the Legend in English Translation, with an Index of Story Elements (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies)by W. R. J. Barron
Synopses & Reviews
The legend of St Brendan is one of the greatest legends of the Middle Ages. To the nations of medieval Europe the ocean voyage became a metaphor for the perilous journey of the Christian soul in search of the Promised Land, and no spiritual odyssey attracted wider interest than that of the sixth-century Irish saint, Brendan the Navigator. Of the numerous versions in which his voyage was chronicled during the Middle Ages, this volume provides the most important examples from a wide variety of cultures, presented in translation-and, in the case of new or rare editions, facing-page originals-together with a general introduction to the real and legendary Brendan, introductions to the individual texts and explanatory commentaries on each, and an extensive bibliography. Most of the vernacular versions are translated into English here for the first time, from Anglo-Norman, Dutch, German, Italian (Venetian dialect), Occitan, Catalan, Middle English and Norse. Caxton's famous version from his Golden Legend is also included.
Book News Annotation:
The Irish saint may never actually have traveled anywhere, indeed existed at all, but the story of his voyage to magic lands has made it to all corners of Europe. Here are a selection of versions translated from Latin, Anglo-Norman, Dutch, German, and Italian. Occitan, Catalan, Norse, and Middle English versions include the original on facing pages. Caxton's printed edition is in its original with glosses. Indexes have been added to this new edition. Distributed in the US by the David Brown Book Company.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
About 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).
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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