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Author Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann.

Title An introduction to early Irish literature / Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin.

Published Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts Press, c2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  891.6209001 NIBR    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 210 p., 16 p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-190) and index.
Contents 1. The background -- 2. The mythological cycle -- 3. The heroic cycle -- 4. The Fenian cycle -- 5. The cycles of the kings -- 6. The otherworld -- 7. Kings, goddesses and sovereignty -- 8. The hero and heroic biography -- 9. Poets and poetry.
Summary "This book discusses the rich written heritage of the Old and Middle Irish period, 600-1200, and is suitable for students of medieval Ireland as well as the general reader who wants to learn about the stories, poetry and themes of early Irish literature. Early chapters deal with the poets, druids, monks, the beginnings of writing, manuscripts, as well as an introduction to each of the saga cycles." "These sagas contain the stories of heroes such as Cu Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill as well as kings, such as Cormac mac Airt. Further chapters focus on the poets and their poetry, the heroes visiting the Otherworld, the births and deaths of famous heroes as well as stories about kings, kingship and sovereignty goddesses. Included also is a bibliography, suggested further reading, and a comprehensive index including personal and place names."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Irish literature -- To 1100 -- History and criticism.
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