An Introduction to Early Irish Literature by Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin

By Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin

This booklet discusses the wealthy written historical past of the outdated and center Irish interval, 600–1200, and is appropriate for college kids of medieval eire in addition to the final reader who desires to find out about the tales, poetry and topics of early Irish literature. Early chapters take care of the poets, druids, clergymen, the beginnings of writing manuscripts in addition to an creation to every of the saga cycles.

These sagas comprise the tales of heroes resembling Cú Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill in addition to kings, akin to Cormac mac Airt. additional chapters specialise in the poets and their poetry, the heroes traveling the Otherworld, the births and deaths of recognized heroes in addition to tales approximately kings, kingship and sovereignty goddesses. incorporated is also a bibliography and a finished index together with own and position names.

Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin has taught medieval Irish literature and heritage for 25 years at NUI Maynooth.

‘This is a greatly necessary publication and person who has been wanted for it slow … Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin’s success is the construction of a quantity for college students … it's thorough and accomplished, filled with references for additional examining, and but nonetheless hugely obtainable … a precious book’, Jessica Hemming, The Folklore Society united kingdom (2012).

‘The writer offers a digest of the present scholarly consensus in unshowy, beautiful prose … Ní Bhrolcháin moves an invaluable stability among review and element in her discussions … the publication is handsomely produced and merits from a few very superb color plates … the start scholar is supplied with a smart assessment of the fabric, and is brought to the foremost students who've labored on it', Mark Williams, Cambrian Medieval Celtic stories (Winter 2012).

‘Ní Bhrolcháin has twenty-five years’ adventure educating medieval Irish literature and historical past at NUI Maynooth. Her booklet is a survey of literature in eire from advert six hundred to 1200 and is aimed toward either the collage examine and the final reader … the color pictures of manuscripts and artifacts appropriate to this topic make the booklet extra beautiful. Ní Bhrolcháin has accomplished the tricky job of writing a publication that is full of life and undaunting yet which nonetheless keeps its integrity as a major learn of its subject', Books eire (December 2009)

‘Dr Ní Bhrolcháin[‘s]…extensive scholarship and instructing event are either evidenced in her e-book: it's a treasury of knowledge replete with stories, and the fashion is that of the convinced, sympathetic instructor who understands that the amateur wishes transparent counsel. for that reason, the booklet could be loved by means of amateurs and aspiring scholars alike, as an summary of the saga and poetic literature of the six centuries as much as advert 1200 … the tales are advised in an admirably transparent variety … except its clarity, the ebook will stand as a piece of reference and should consultant readers to additional fabric over a variety of scholarship from the pioneers to the modern, because it has a entire bibliography … the layout, format and common presentation of the ebook are all of a excessive standard', Siobhán Ní Fhoghlú, Books eire (March 2010)

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