The Irish saint Brendan is the guardian of seafarers. This adventurous saint made a long thrilling sea journey during which he visited several strange places and met fantastic figures. Lost seafarers call on Brendan for help. On the Internet Brendan also offers help for the researcher who has lost the way and doesn't know anymore where to find which information. At least, in so far as he or she studies the Middle Ages. 

The object of Brandaan is to make internet more accessible by applying structure to the overwhelming amount of information offered. Brandaan is a systematically divided collection of links to other sites on the Internet. These and the short description of the linked sites simplify the search for information. Brandaan is a selection; only sites, which are believed to offer a contribution to the study of the Middle Ages, are included. 

The internet offers an overwhelming amount of information. There is a wide offering of sources both in original languages as in translation. Furthermore there are concordances, bibliographies and encyclopaedias, often with images. The internet must be seen as an extra source of information next to the conventional information rather than as a substitute for conventional information. For reasons of copyright the material offered is mostly dated, for example most of the source-editions are from the 1800s. Furthermore, it is not easy to judge the scientific value of the material offered. Because of the easy and cheap way by which information can be published on the Internet a large group of institutions and individuals become suppliers of information. The open character of the Internet means that the user must be very wary. 

Brandaan comes in a frames and a non-frames version. Within the frames version navigation occurs by way of menu bars. The non-frames version offers an entrance into each part of the site by way of the index. By using the 'back' button of the browser one can return to the index. 

Please take some time and sign our guestbook on the Dutch page. Advise about the page and/or suggestions for new links are very welcome. 

This page was made by Suzanne Roosen en Arnold Oppelaar
Translated, adapted and updated by Marcia Zuurd
Department of Medieval History, University of Amsterdam.
Last update: may 2001