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The Genealogy Of The Manuscripts Of The Navigatio And The Anglo-Norman Voyage

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This appendix reviews the genealogies of the manuscripts of the Navigatio and the Anglo-Norman Voyage. The manuscript tradition of the Anglo-Norman Voyage highlights how confusion can arise concerning the royal patronage of the manuscript. One hundred and twenty-three manuscripts written between the tenth and the seventeenth centuries survive of the Navigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis, which suggests that the overall number originally copied would have been significantly more than that. The The Anglo-Norman Voyage of St Brendan is arguably the first text in Anglo-Norman to be composed in octosyllabic couplets and is the first example of Celtic material introduced into French literature. Before the composition of the Anglo-Norman Voyage, one of the best known hagiographic texts in the vernacular was the Vie de Saint Alexis.

Keywords:Navigatio; source manuscript; The Anglo-Norman Voyage of St Brendan



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