The Tain

The Tain : From the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge

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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 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 Tain. Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 31 b/w brush drawings throughout
  • 0192803735
  • 9780192803733
  • 99,569

About Louis Le Brocquy

Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are Blood and Family and From Centre more

Table of contents

Translator's Note and Acknowledgements ; Artist's Note ; Introduction ; Maps ; Some Recommended Books ; Pronunciation of Irish Words ; Before the Tain ; The Tain ; Notes on the Textshow more

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