Táin

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The Táin Bó Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland’s greatest epic. It tells the story of a giant cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge. Thomas Kinsella’s translation is the first attempt to present a ‘living version’ of the story, complete and unbowdlerized. It is basedon the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, and includes a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin. There are 31 brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, and three maps.

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The Táin Bó Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland’s greatest epic. It tells the story of a great cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale is Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single-handed while Ulster’s warriors lie sick.

Thomas Kinsella presents a complete and living version of the story. His translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions, and adds a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin. Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern art.

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Weight 237 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.9 × 2 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

282

Language

English

Dewey

398.209417 (edition:21)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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