The Tain

The Tain

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The Tain Bo 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 greatBrown 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 Tain.Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern art.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1970
ISBN: 9780192803733
Call Number: 891.6 T134t 1970
Characteristics: xxvii, 282 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Táin bó Cúailnge. English


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(7th and 8th centuries) The Tain or "Tain Bo Cuailnge," translated as "The Cattle Raid of Cuailnge," is the earliest Irish epic we have and is considered the nearest equivalent Ireland has to a national epic. "The central events of the story revolve around the theft of a ... Read More »

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