Navigatio sancti Brendani (Valle Crucis version)

  • Latin
  • prose

A distinct version of the Navigatio sancti Brendani, preserved in a manuscript which belonged to the Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis (Denbighshire) and known since Plummer’s edition as Vita secunda sancti Brendani, although it is not a Vita. It is closely related to the Anglo-Norman poem Le voyage de saint Brendan by Benedeit and was probably a translation from Old French, whether based on Benedeit’s poem or perhaps an earlier Old French text.

Navigatio sancti Brendani (Valle Crucis version)
Called Vita secunda sancti Brendani by Charles Plummer.
First words (prose)
  • [P]redecessorum sacra facta nostrorum [preface]
  • Latin
12th century?
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Le voyage de saint BrendanLe voyage de saint Brendan



Brénainn of Clonfert
Brénainn of Clonfert
(d. 577)
Brénainn (Brenden; Brendan) mac Findloga, early Connacht saint, patron of Clonfert, and legendary voyager

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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Delzotti, Francesca, “La due versioni in prosa latina del Voyage de saint Brendan di Benedeit: sinossi fra i tre testie la Navigatio sancti Brendani”, E codicbus: testi mediolatini in formato elettronici, Online: SISMEL, 2011. i–iii, 1–172.  
Synopsis of the «Voyage» by Benedeit, the two latin prose versions in mss. Oxford, Bodleian Library, E Musaeo 3 and Lisboa, Biblioteca Nacional, Alcobaça CCLVI/380, and the «Navigatio Brendani».
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Passages in parallel with the Lisbon/Hispanic version and Benedeit's poem.
[ed.] Waters, E. G. R., The Anglo-Norman voyage of St Brendan by Benedeit: a poem of the early twelfth century, Oxford, 1928.
Gallica – Reprint: <link> Gallica: View in Mirador
3–94 (text); cv–cxv (discussion) Printed along with the Old French poem, at the foot of the page.
[ed.] Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Orlandi, Giovanni, and Rossana E. Guglielmetti, Navigatio sancti Brendani: alla scoperta dei segreti meravigliosi del mondo, Per Verba. Testi mediolatini con traduzione, 30, Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo per la Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, 2014.
Selmer, Carl, Navigatio sancti Brendani abbatis from early Latin manuscripts, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1959.
Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 372–485.
216 [id. 203. ‘NB3’]
Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
Internet Archive: <link>
Plummer, Charles, “Some new light on the Brendan legend”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905): 124–141.
Internet Archive: <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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