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The Cattle-raid of Cualnge Tain Bo Cuailnge : An Old Irish Prose-epic (Paperback)

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Tain Bo Cuailnge "the driving-off of cows of Cooley," more usually rendered The Cattle Raid of Cooley or The Tain) is a legendary tale from early Irish literature, often considered an epic, although it is written primarily in prose rather than verse. It tells of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the teenage Ulster hero Cuchulainn. Traditionally set in the 1st century AD in an essentially pre-Christian heroic age, the Tain is the central text of a group of tales known as the Ulster Cycle. It survives in two main written versions or "recensions" in 12th century manuscripts, the first a compilation largely written in Old Irish, the second a more consistent work in Middle Irish.


Publisher Dodo Pr
Mfg Part# 9781409985365
SKU 213359238
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1409985369
Release Date 11/23/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0142
Publisher Dodo Press
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