Táin Bó Cúailnge "the driving-off of cows of Cooley", more usually rendered The Cattle Raid of Cooley or The Táin) 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 Cú Chulainn. A similar tale set in the West of Ireland is Táin Bó Flidhais. Traditionally set in the 1st century AD in an essentially pre-Christian heroic age, the Táin 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.
This one also includes far more footnotes, an active table of contents and a comprehensible summary of the events in the book. The preface is more understandable, and it's based on the oldest complete version of the Tain (the other kindle versions are pieced together from two older but incomplete MSS).
However, there is a scanning error where the page numbers are...
Well researched. A must have for people interested in Irish literature.
The story started so benignly that I was shocked and fascinated by the changes. I really didn't want the story to end.
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