Eachtra Sheóin Mandavil‘The adventure of John Mandeville’

Ó Mathghamhna (Fínghin)
  • Early Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literary adaptations
An Irish translation / adaptation, probably of The buke of John Maundeville, which is itself a Middle English version of the Anglo-Norman text on the travels of Sir John Mandeville.
Eachtra Sheóin Mandavil
‘The adventure of John Mandeville’
This is the title suggested by Gerard Murphy, Fianaíocht agus rómánsaíocht: The Ossianic lore and romantic tales of medieval Ireland (1955): 68. It is edited by Whitley Stokes as The Gaelic Maundeville and commonly referred to as the Irish version of The buke of John Maundeville.
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translated by Fínghin Ó Mathghamhna (d. 1496)
  • Early Modern Irish
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Medieval Irish literary adaptations


John MandevilleJohn Mandeville
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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.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Gaelic Maundeville”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2 (1899): 1–62, 226–312.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[corr.] Ó Muraíle, Nollaig, “Whitley Stokes and Modern Irish”, in: Boyle, Elizabeth, and Paul Russell (eds.), The tripartite life of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909), Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011. 196–217.
[ed.] Boyle, Mary, and Michael C. Seymour (eds.), “The Irish epitome of ‘Mandeville's Travels’”, Éigse 12 (1967–1968): 29–36.
Edition of the fragment in BL Additional 33993

Secondary sources (select)

Seymour, Michael Charles, “The Irish version of Mandeville's Travels: the insular version”, Notes and Queries 208 (1963): 364–366.
Abercromby, John, “Two Irish 15th cent. versions of Sir John Mandeville’s travels”, Revue Celtique 7 (1886): 66–79, 210–224, 358–368, 451.
Internet Archive – pp. 66–79: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – pp. 210–224: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – pp. 358–368: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – p. 451 (addenda and corrigenda): <link>
Tzanaki, Rosemary, Mandeville’s medieval audiences: a study on the reception of the ‘Book’ of Sir John Mandeville (1371–1550), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.