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Religious artifacts and popular music of the Dark Ages

What sort of items would monks from northeastern England bring on missions that required sea travel? I know that it's the Irish who are famous for this, St. Brendan and all, but I seem to remember it wasn't limited to them. This would be around the 9th or 10th century -- is there any chance they'd bring some sort of book or religious tract, given how valuable they were? Or would they limit themselves to visual storytelling elements, like crosses or reliquaries?

Also, is the song "Barb'ry Allen" extant around that time? If not, what's an analogue piece that would have a large number of verses to remember, and anyone could be expected to know?

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