Doan James E.
The Romance of Cearbhall and Fearbhlaidh

The Romance of Cearbhall and Fearbhlaidh


21.3 x 13.5 cm.   80 pp.   1985  Dolmen Texts 7
ISBN: 978-0-85105-409-4
The Romance of Cearbhall and Fearbhlaidh: a medieval Irish tale, here first translated into English by James E. Doan

The Romance of Cearbhall and Fearbhlaidh (Bas Chearbhaill agus Fhearbhhidhe in the original Irish) was probably composed during the mid-fifteenth century. It deals with the love and tragic death of the poet, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh of Corcomroe, in County Clare, and Fearbhlaidh, the daughter of Séamas, king of Scotland. Although the romance is entirely fictional, some of the characters are based on historical figures, such as Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, ollamh of Corcomroe, who died in 1404. Much of the romance is derived from early Irish myth and legend, tales such as The Wooing of Etain and The Dream of Oengus.

This translation is the first to appear in English, and includes both the prose and poetry found in the manuscript. Dr Doan's introduction deals with the manuscript tradition, the historical background, the composition, the poetry and the later tradition of the romance.

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