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St. Brendan—The Travels of an Irish Monk

Lecture no. 3 from the course: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration

St. Brendan—The Travels of an Irish Monk

Taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Consider religious motivations for exploration. Men like the Irish monk St. Brendan—who sailed the Atlantic in a tiny leather boat—sought God and fled the world’s corruptions, some searching for paradise and some merely for seclusion. Examine how legendary re-workings of such real adventures left a surprising legacy that would affect later exploration.

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p********m
October 20, 2017
Good content and presentation, but so much opportunity for more photography and re-enactment. A hermit avoiding people, is very different to a prophet avoiding evil. Many monks intended to be prophets so welcomed visitors - especially pilgrims in search of truth - so it's wrong to assume that all 'hermits' would have been annoyed by 'fame'. Jerusalem is STILL in the centre of the earth geographically, so ancient map-makers were CORRECT. Judas Iscariot was remorsefully repentant, so is more likely to be in heaven than most people on earth who remain UNrepentant; especially evil-utionist atheists who outright deny the very obvious existence of God. Behaim map is fascinating; presumably Columbus’ best source and thus explaining why his belief of finding India was perfectly reasonable. Just as ignorant cartographers misled navigators to wrong locations, so too ignorant teachers mislead their students to wrong understandings (e.g. Lyell & Darwin’s evil-ution).

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m********m
December 29, 2016

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