- Also check our best rated Travel Book reviews
The Brendan Voyage Paperback – 4 Jan 1996
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The sixth-century voyage of St Brendan from Ireland to America, is one of the most fascinating of all sea legends. Could the myth of the Irish monk and his crew sailing the Atlantic in a boat made of leather, nearly a thousand years before Columbus, have been reality? In 1976, Tim Severin and a crew of four men, set out to recreate the Brendan legend. Using the exact same methods in constructing their sailing vessel, they set out on their hazardous voyage, making it one of the most inspiring expeditions in the history of exploration.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The reason for this particular voyage being planned and followed through is quite simple. There is a book, the Navigatio that tells of the story of Saint Brendan travelling to the Promised Land, which we can see would have been somewhere on the North American continent. Although with any stories recorded in writing in Medieval times there is much embellishment and traditions, there have been elements of the Brendan voyage though that have struck a cord, as to being feasible. Thus the idea for the Brendan voyage came about.
This book is about this new voyage, to see if it was possible for St Brendan to carry out such a voyage, by using a boat built like the ones used at the time. Going into the difficulties of building such a boat, finding out particulars and sourcing the correct materials this shows just many people have a part to play in such an endeavour, not just those who actually crew the boat. We follow the new vessel, Brendan, on her voyage. In the end this voyage took place over two seasons, but it is worth noticing that St Brendan did his over seven seasons (seven years), sailing in the summer periods only, and also scientists think that the world was in a warmer climactic condition at that period. Along with this you can also see thoughts on where the Navigatio has been embellished, and what probably was originally recorded.
This makes a fascinating read, and I must admit that I was just as enthralled reading this as I was so many years ago. What is so remarkable about this book and this voyage is that it would definitely seem that the Irish had discovered, and indeed inhabited to a very minor extent places on the continent of North America, a few centuries before the Vikings did so, and way longer ago than Columbus supposedly discovering the 'New World'. Indeed a more comprehensive look at Medieval records seems to indicate that when the Vikings reached North America they were not surprised to hear of Irishmen being there already. Also it should be pointed out that St Brendan himself was not the first person to make this voyage, as the Navigatio indicates that he was guided there by another person, and had first heard about the land from another Saint.
Although if you look at the 'Go To menu' in this kindle version no table of contents is shown there is in fact one. All you need do is to click back one page from the Foreword, and there it is. There are three appendices to this, as well as a section of photos of the voyage. All in all this is still a great read, that is thought provoking as well as an entertaining read.
The book goes further than that, describing every stage of Tim Severin's reconstruction of the voyage of St Brendan. (If you didn't know already, this Irish monk discovered North America long before the vile Columbus.)
If you like maximum excitement, get both the book and the CD. I did.
discovery of the truth behind an early medieval legend - written of by others as fable
intrepid and dangerous adventure by a small group trying to prove a point
account of an exciting sailing voyage with gripping tales of hazards met and overcome
tale of a project that seemed blessed by good fortune and unexpected help from many strangers
one of the most gripping sailing stories I have ever read
I was looking for a book about Brendan the Navigator but think I have done better with this story of Tim and his crew setting out in the 1970's to see if it was really possible to sail to America in a leather boat! The courage of those men in the face of danger, and therefore of St Brendan himself, fills me with awe. I heartily recommend this to any one with an adventurous streak in them.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Never really establishes the drama but a bit too much drab detail.