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This conclusory chapter of the book presents a comparative structuralist analysis of two versions of the Brendan narrative, the Latin Navigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis and the Anglo-Norman Voyage of St Brendan. The principal difference between these two versions is that of genre: the Navigatio is closer to hagiography and therefore is concerned with more spiritual events. The audience of this version was likely to be in three distinctive groups: the first would have been the brethren in a monastery dedicated to Brendan; the second would have been the groups of pilgrims in whom the monastery was attempting to foster an interest in the cult of Brendan; finally, the narrative would have been for the spiritual edification of the wider monastic community. The chapter has demonstrated that Todorov's model with some modifications can be applied successfully to these two versions of the Brendan narrative.

Keywords: Anglo-Norman Voyage of St Brendan; Brendan; Navigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis; Todorov's model



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