St Brendan of Kerry, The Navigator: His Life and Voyages
St Brendan the Navigator was born in Fenit, County Kerry, in 484. In fact and in legend he was one of the greatest saints in an era that gave us some of our most outstanding educators and missionaries - Finnian, Corngall, Kieran, Canice, Kevin, Columba, Carthagem Cormas, Jarlath, and Enda. All but Columba have been ignored, by and large. This short book seeks to set the record straight. It tells the remarkable story of Brendan from the best historical perspective and from available manuscript sources. It also shows why so many of our great saints and educators have been ignored. Included are translations of two manuscripts, the Irish Life (written first about 750) and the Navigatio (or voyage) of Brendan (written about 850). Included also are some extracts from the Latin Life of Brendan.
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