Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jasconius Rivelato: Studio Comparativo del Simbolismo Religioso Dell''isola-Balena' Nella 'Navigatio Sancti Brendani'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jasconius Rivelato: Studio Comparativo del Simbolismo Religioso Dell''isola-Balena' Nella 'Navigatio Sancti Brendani'

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Fausto Iannello, Jasconius Rivelato: Studio comparativo del simbolismo religioso dell''isola-balena' nella 'Navigatio sancti Brendani', preface by Cesare Magazzù, postface by José Antonio González Marrero, Biblioteca di Studi Storico-religiosi 9 (Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2013). xxi + 638 pp. ISBN 978-88-6274-447-8. euro60.00. Fausto Iannello offers a thorough and systematic study of the motif of the island that is really a fish or whale, focusing primarily on its occurrence in the late eighth-century Navigatio sancti Brendani and the medieval Celtic texts developing this legend. The book also includes a fairly detailed background study of the legend of St Brendan as well as a survey of its later reception outside of Ireland, again with particular attention to the 'whale-island'. This section covers not only medieval writers - Gerald of Wales, Gervaise of Tilbury, and others, as well as medieval map-makers - but also more modern ones, such as Matthew Arnold, Rudyard Kipling, Paul Claudel, and the surrealist poet Adam Hughes. …

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