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"An extraordinary explorer." --The Independent
Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. He found a centuries-old, family-run tannery to prepare the ox hides in the medieval way; he undertook an exhaustive search for skilled harness makers (the only people who would know how to stitch the three-quarter-inch-thick hides together); he located one of the last pieces of Irish-grown timber tall enough to make the mainmast. But his courage and resourcefulness were truly tested on the open seas, including one heart-pounding episode when he and his crew repaired a dangerous tear in the leather hull by hanging over the side--their heads sometimes submerged under the freezing waves--to restitch the leather. A modern classic in the tradition of Kon-Tiki, The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978.
With a new Introduction by Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
Great, great book! Fascinating read. The seller sent it quickly and well-packaged. The book was in better shape than advertised. Many thanks!Published 12 days ago by Bridgid
It is an excellent book from a practical point of view, but it disregards what God does. For instance, it often refers to "Brendan luck" when "coincidences"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scholastica
An excellent book for anyone who is interested knowing how things were done centuries ago.Published 1 month ago by George Argon
Especially interesting after seeing the boat while on our trip to Ireland. The comments about old vs new technology and how it often worked better was telling.Published 4 months ago by Steve S.
Nice book, brings back the ancient Irish to life. Anyone who likes adventures will love this one. This is a VERY adventurous book 4star at least.Published 5 months ago by M. Geiger
A fantastic story of how vision, labor, and providence work together. Looking forward to other Tim Severin adventures.Published 5 months ago by StormyD
Another good yarn from Tim Severin. I was fully engaged with this story and thoroughly enjoyed it, but after 'Sindbad' found it rather light weight so not fully satisfyingPublished 6 months ago by Margaret Smith