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During the Middle Ages, one of the most popular narratives was the story of St Brendan's journey across the ocean before reaching the Terra repromissionis sanctorum-the Promised Land of the Saints. This introductory chapter of the book varies in two ways: primarily, it examines the use of the fantastic, which the author defines as a gradual introduction of apparently supernatural elements which are initially explained as plausible. The use of the fantastic is integral to the narrative and it is used in a manner that is common in the medieval milieu; as a model it allows criticism to overcome the dichotomy between 'real' and 'imaginary' detail that has hampered study of this text. The chapter provides a detailed comparison of the two versions and considers the impact that the two narratives would have had on what is the author's understanding of the perceived audiences of these two versions.

Keywords:St Brendan narrative; Terra repromissionis sanctorum



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