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,
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.