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The Mirrors Of Salvation

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This chapter considers the final scenes of the Navigatio and the Anglo-Norman Voyage, in particular to see how they relate to Todorov's model. These scenes represent Brendan's encounters with the supernatural in the forms of exotica; the extremes of humanity; and finally Paradise itself. The chapter discusses the last third of both versions of the Brendan narrative, which deal with the extremes of the divine and the diabolical depicted in nature and humanity. The scenes discussed in the second part of the chapter are those through which the authors convey the didactic message. Brendan is presented with characters from the Bible-Judas Iscariot-and hagiographic legend-Paul the Hermit-illustrating the extremes of human faith: the damned and the pious.

Keywords:Anglo-Norman voyage; Brendan; Todorov model



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