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BRENDON, Saint, born in Ireland in the middle of the 5th century. Among the legendary events of his life was his voyage to Hy Brassail, in company with some holy people. This story was very popular in the middle ages, and undoubtedly kept alive the notion of a western continent. It is said that he sailed from a harbor in Kerry, and after a long voyage reached a shore where he found a charming climate and beautiful birds. He traveled into the interior for fifteen days, but when about to cross a great River he was warned back by an angel, who told him he had gone far enough and that it was reserved for other persons and other times to Christianize the land. On maps made prior to Columbus, St. Brendon's country is placed to the south of the island of Antilia and west of the Cape Verde islands. St. Brendon's manuscript is mentioned in Dicuil's collection "De mensura Orbis." It is in the Burgundian library in Brussels, and has not yet been translated.
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