The Tain: From the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge

Paperback | September 1, 2002

Translated byThomas Kinsella

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The Tain Bo Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. It tells the story of a great cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the greatBrown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale is Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single-handed while Ulster's warriors lie sick. Thomas Kinsella presents a complete and living version of the story. His translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions, and adds a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Tain. Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern art.

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The Tain Bo Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. It tells the story of a great cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the greatBrown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale i...

Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are Blood and Family and From Centre City.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.81 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803735

ISBN - 13:9780192803733

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note and AcknowledgementsArtist's NoteIntroductionMapsSome Recommended BooksPronunciation of Irish WordsBefore the TainThe TainNotes on the Text