La “Navigatio Sancti Brendani” e la sua fortuna nella cultura romanza dell’etÓ di mezzo.
Published by Schena - Italy
It is an academic essay (430 pp) analysing an early medieval Latin text written in Ireland. It is the story of a monk (St Brendan) who sailed on the ocean in search of Eden. After seven years of incredible adventures among wonders and portents, he and his brethren reach their goal; for 40 days they explore the Earthly Paradise (which might have been Cuba!) until they meet an angel who sends them back to Ireland.
I studied Celtic traditions and mythology and applied them to the text, proving that although apparently Christian, the author was much more conversant with Druidic symbolism than he was with Christian theology.
The story was extremely popular all over Europe and many different versions flourished. I studied the 10 versions written in Neo-Latin languages (up to the xv century) comparing them to each other and to the orignal Latin text to show the cultural, ideological and historical differences.
Reviews: 1. by Glynn Hesketh, in “Medium Ăvum”, LXIV, 1995; 2. by Jean Larmat in “Cahiers de civilisation mÚdiÚvale”, CCM, XXXVIII, 1995.