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20th century man tries to re-create a 6th century legend,
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This review is from: The Brendan Voyage (Paperback)
This is one of my favourite travel books. Tim Severin and his crew set out to sail the Atlantic in a leather boat, endeavouring to confirm whether the legend of St. Brendan and his crew of Irish monks could have been true.Could they have sailed to America centuries before the Norsemen and Columbus? Severin's research is impeccable and his references to St. Brendan's "Navigatio" fascinating, the boat is built and the modern adventure begins. The explanations of sea monsters, islands on fire, islands which moved, etc. are all totally plausible. Severin's book must be one of the classic sea voyages and is totally gripping throughout.