Honor et Gloria

Poetry of the Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis

by Sharon Pelphrey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/1/2012

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 422
ISBN : 9781449735999
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 422
ISBN : 9781449735975
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 422
ISBN : 9781449735982

About the Book

Something went terribly wrong at his monastery, and Brendan the Navigator had nowhere to turn. Then a storyteller dropped by his cell at Clonfert Abbey one evening. This fortunate visit changed his life and the lives of seventeen monks who set out with him to brave the unknown Atlantic.

Sailing first to the Faroe Islands, they found an Eden-like world, including a guide, a friendly whale, and psalm-loving birds. Eventually they reached the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, the waters off Labrador, and the world’s northernmost volcano, Mt. Beerenberg. This was the first European voyage to the Americas, recorded as a story so true it could only become a legend and then a fairy tale to all but a few. What these Irish voyagers found was a pristine world, filled with paradises. The stories they told and songs they sang give us a precious and rare insight into the Dark Ages and a Church scattering through all the world, as commanded. These stories were written down for school children, but they forever sing in the hearts of all who read them.

About the Author

“I woke up in the middle of the night with poetry running through my head. By the next evening it was obvious to me that the Navigatio was a classic epic poem, unrecognized for over six-hundred years. If not me, who was going to salvage it?”

This is the way the sometime poet Sharon Pelphrey started the unusual adventure of returning a now-obscure Dark Ages poem to story lovers everywhere. She lives in Louisiana with her beloved husband of forty-three years, Fr. Brendan.